With the relative success of Brokeback Mountain and an Oscar™ nomination for Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Capote it looks like we're going to have to hunker down to ride out what I can only hope is a short-lived trend in upcoming films.
See if you can find the contradiction:
"Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man. He wants it to be a story that appeals to both men and women and he wants it to be the edgiest work he's done."
If he wants it to appeal to both men and women, it sure as heck can't be "the edgiest work he's done." In my opinion, "edgy" within the context of the above statement equals "most guys sure as heck won't want to see it."
Of course, knowing the way Hollywood operates, any movies in this genre that are in the pipeline will no doubt be progressively more explicit and they'll push the envelope until it gets to the point where most folks stop showing up.
From a cursory Google search, it seems that a higher percentage of the U.S. population are into BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Domination and Submission) than are homosexual, so perhaps the next pet project for Hollywood can be to "mainstream" that. They can crank out a bunch of movies where the leading man is an utter and complete wuss that wants to be dominated by women wearing leather while he wears a diaper.
Then actors and celebs can come out and accuse guys who think that submissive men need to get a spine of being insensitive and narrow-minded.