I did a women's movie, and I'm not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I'm not gay. I learned as I went along.
In the past I've made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can't really hate them. You can discard them, but you can't really hate them.
To me, Ennis stands for the conservative side of America. He's the biggest homophobe in the whole movie - culturally and psychologically - but by the time he admits his feelings, it's too late.
Not taboo - it's just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd - they're movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting.