Matt Damon Opens up About Having to Deny He and Ben Affleck Were Gay Early in …

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Damon in hot water over sexuality comments.

“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,” he told The Guardian of their work on Good Will Hunting. “I know.Following up on his contentious comments about diversity onscreen, Matt Damon aired another surprisingly conservative viewpoint in a new Guardian interview, suggesting that gay actors ought to remain quiet about their sexuality. “I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” the actor said. “But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period.

It’s just like any piece of gossip … and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean?” The Martian actor, 44, said. “Which was then really deeply offensive.” “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. 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 star’s opinions come on the back of criticism that he’s a big ol’ whitesplainer after he interrupted black producer Effie Brown to explain diversity to her on his and Ben Affleck’s show Project Greenlight. ‘I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. 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.

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