Bob Black, Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
I kind of worked from the outside in. I sat with [costume designer] Ellen Mirojnick trying on clothes in fabrics that defy description and will still be in landfills 200 years from now. I called a gay friend who was in Hollywood at the time — when I was in New York in the theater, with a strong exposure to the gay community there — and I said, “Can you just talk me through what was going on in the L.A. bar scene then?” He gave me a rundown on what it was like when that world was much more closeted, with a lot of older men searching for younger boys, and also older men staying home, having other men bring them younger boys, which is an element of my character. Steven [Soderbergh] said, “Keep it simple; you don’t need to add anything to your impersonation of a gay choreographer.” I did have to diet, because clothes back then fit tight.