After he won his first Oscar, for PHILADELPHIA, Tom Hanks and I talked about Hollywood's resistance to hire openly gay actors. Straight actors were warned about playing gay characters for fear they'd be stereotyped and would not get as many employment opportunities in the future. William Hurt for KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1985) and Tom Hanks for PHILADELPHIA (1993) were trailblazers and broke ground winning Oscars for playing openly gay actors.
Now we have straight actors unafraid to play gay characters on network TV and on film. Heck, look at the other actors who went on to get Oscar nominations for playing gay men -- Greg Kinnear in AS GOOD AS IT GETS, Javier Bardem in BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, Sean Penn in MILK, Philip Seymour Hoffman in CAPOTE, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and Colin Firth for A SINGLE MAN.
That could've been mentioned to Armie Hammer. The rave reviews could've been mentioned during the interview. (They weren't.) The Oscar buzz could've been mentioned. (It wasn't.) The fact that the young gay romance is tastefully done could've been mentioned.