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Milk, Sean Penn

Focus Features

"I think it would have been very different. We didn't really have the ability because so many out gay actors were not the ones the companies would get exited about for financing."

Milk director Gus Van Sant on if the flick about assassinated gay leader Harvey Milk would have been any different had they hired an openly gay guy to play Milk, instead of superhetero Penn. Film fans are nuts over gay actors—closeted ones, at least. Too bad.