Something clicked with the viewers that they really understood Sal and his plight. I think it’s a great progressive thought that most people would think, ‘Why can’t he be who he is? Why can’t he come out and be who he is?’ That wouldn’t be true for that period. I think what’s great about the character is it transcends a generation because people are still battling such prejudice today. It’s very gratifying and heartwarming to know that people appreciate your work. When a plumber does a good job, no one gives him an award and stands up for applause. It’s a very strange business we’re in, but then again, if he doesn’t wear the proper thing walking down the red carpet, he doesn’t get trashed either.
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