Matt Damon has a message for the world: Contrary to what you’ve read, he does not believe gay actors should stay in the closet.
The decidedly pro-gay actor found himself in hot water this week for comments he made in an interview with the Guardian.
“In terms of actors,” Damon said, “I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that.”
He then used Rupert Everett as an example.
“[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.”
Many people interpreted Damon’s comments as him cautioning gay actors to stay closeted, a claim Damon is now denying.
The second the shit storm gathered, Damon’s publicist snapped into damage control mode and booked The Martian star a last minute sit-down with none other than Ellen DeGeneres.
In a pre-taped interview, Damon told DeGeneres he was quoted out of context.
“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery, right?” he clarified. “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like, I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe.”
He then pointed a finger at the “blogosphere,” saying, “There’s no real penalty for just taking the ball and running with it. You know what I mean? You’re just trying to click on your thing.”
OK, Matt, we forgive you. But please don’t try to blame us for your gaffe. You are smart enough to make sure your context is clear.
Check out the interview below.