Damon in hot water over sexuality comments

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Damon in hot water over sexuality comments.

Discussing his role starring as Liberace’s lover in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, Damon was asked point-blank if it’s harder for actors to be openly gay in Hollywood. “I’m sure,” he replied. “When Ben and I first came on the scene there were rumors that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote a script together.” The gossip, he added “put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? “I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy — more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor,” he continued. “It’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.” “I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period,” Damon told The Guardian. “Sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.” The 44-year-old star was the subject of gay rumors back in 1997, when he and Ben Affleck broke into the industry as co-writers for “Good Will Hunting.” “I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay — as if being gay were some kind of f—— disease,” he told the magazine. “The whole thing was just gross.”

And that role was… “For us it was always ‘Daredevil’ — that’s the comic we read when we were kids,” says Damon. “But when that one came along (in 2003) I chickened out, because I couldn’t tell. Which was then really deeply offensive,” he explained. “I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. Damon’s advice doesn’t apply equally to straight cisgender actors, after all — a leading man like Damon who casually mentions his wife and four kids in an interview will never face the same career repercussions as a rival who introduces his husband on the red carpet. Damon recently apologized after interrupting a an African-American producer on his show, Project Greenlight, to explain (or “Damonsplain,” as Twitter dubbed it) diversity in the film industry.

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