Straight men should kiss each other more to understand homosexuality, Simon Pegg says.

The married actor said that homophobia comes from a fear of the unknown.

He told Glamour: “I’ve never been homophobic and I like flirting with gay guys; they’re easier to flirt with than women. I flirt with my gay friends quite happily, even in front of my wife. They like it if you are a bit cheeky and touchy-feely; it’s fun and more slapstick.

“Once I had to kiss three guys; real full-on snogs. I think every man should snog another man. A kiss is so much more than physical touching; we laughed about it at the time, but there was no passion.

“It would help them understand. Homophobia’s all about fear of the unknown, like it’s something you could catch. But it’s not a choice, it’s biological.”

The 40-year-old added that although he is “boringly straight”, he can appreciate the “beauty” of men like Brad Pitt.