i think he was definitely playing up the jock to fit in and the release into gaydom was such that he just exploded. and he applied another uniform to fit in with his new crowd. he has since calmed down a little.... a little
as i've said earlier, i can completely understand why we may retreat to a 'masculine' stereotype to counter the crushing negativity so often levelled at our more feminine brothers, and then many of us just simply are masculine naturally, but over time i think it becomes fairly unimportant.
it's a bit like nationality for me. the only time i become patriotic is when someone criticises england unduly. the same with 'gayness'. i suddenly find myself becoming very masculine if someone tries to stereotype me. the rest of the time i'm just neutral.
i worked with ian mckellern around the time he came out 20 yrs ago or so. in the morning he was the imposing, powerful actor we all know. by the afternoon, as he became comfortable in our company, he was as camp as they come and extremely funny with it. is he naturally effeminate? no. can he put it on for fun? yes.