“I just thought - I’m just going to approach it as a sexual being, whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual didn’t make any difference to me at all. One of the great things about being an actor is that you can, um - you get the opportunity to… visit all parts of your… character which you prohibit, normally. Like, a character like Scudder is - I’m not saying everybody’s latently gay, or I’m latently gay or anything, but there is a part of me as a human being - I can imagine being somebody attracted to a man. There’s a thing called the Magic If, in acting. Which you say, ‘I’m not gay, but IF I was gay…’, and it starts… It’s a Magic If because it opens up, um… doors that inhibit and prohibit yourself from things that you don’t want to do.”
Rupert Graves on playing Alec Scudder in Maurice.