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Matt Damon suggests gay actors do better if they stay in the closet

Joseph McCormick September 28, 2015

Hollywood actor Matt Damon has made controversial comments suggesting that gay actors do better if they hide their sexual orientation.

Damon made the comments about fellow actor Rupert Everett, suggesting he was less successful because he came out as gay.

The Bourne star made the comments in an interview with the Guardian, and said actors should keep their private lives private.

He said: “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.”

Going on, he made comments about Everett, suggesting he could have been more successful if he was not openly gay.

“But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out,” Damon went on.

Later in the interview, the star said he thought all actors should be more private about their sexual orientation.

“In terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period,” Damon explained.

“And 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.”

More: actor, coming out, Gay, Hollywood, Matt Damon, Rupert Everett, US

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