To be perfectly honest, I never wanted to come out because I thought it would affect my career.
I would say things like, “I want to be a cypher and disappear in my roles, because the more you know about me the less you will believe in my characters.” That’s true, but also I was using it to hide, a theme in the play.
The anguish and turmoil that it creates is extraordinary. Culturally we as gay people were meant to feel less than.
So it follows that “The Boys in the Band” would show us the trials of being a gay man in the 1960s.They are similar in that they both know themselves really well and are good at what they do professionally.They are both very steady and you can trust these guys.The difference is that Hank is tortured and Bob is comfortable in his own skin.That’s because he came a couple of generations after Hank.