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Rupert Everett Says Coming Out Killed His Career

rupert-everett1So much for that whole British stiff upper lip, thing. Rupert Everett tells the New York Times Magazine that coming out was career suicide, saying ” “Being gay, really. It just doesn’t work.” everett publicly announced he was gay in 1997 and while since then he’s been in Shrek 2, Inspector Gadget and more British comedies than you can shake a Cadbury bar at, he says that Hollywood passed him over as a leading man because of his sexuality.

He’s particularly sore that he didn’t get the lead in Basic Instinct 2, which makes us think that maybe it’s not so much his being gay that keeps him from landing roles, so much as it’s his poor choice in projects. What else is he blaming for his doomed career? Well, Madonna, of course.

Access Hollywood writes:

“He has modeled for a slew of designers including, Versace, Valentino and Yves St. Laurent, and was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000. He has voiced characters in two “Shrek” film, even though he has only headlined one true Hollywood hit – 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” – in which he played Julia Robert’s gay best friend.

It was a role which, coupled with his openness about his sexuality, pigeonholed him into only playing gay characters and – according to the actor – killed his future as a leading Hollywood man.

“I wanted to be a movie star,” he told the mag. “I had a difficult set of circumstances to deal with, particularly for a movie career.”

When pressed, Rupert responds bluntly, “Being gay, really. It just doesn’t work.”

After he went public with his sexuality, Rupert alleges he was turned down for the lead role opposite Sharon Stone in the “Basic Instinct” sequel… due to his sexuality. According to the actor, an MGM executive told his agent that an openly gay actor would be viewed as a “pervert” in the eyes of American audiences.

Something the actor adamantly disagrees with, saying, “As actors we don’t play gay, straight… we play human beings.”

Another high — and then low point — for Rupert was his friendship and subsequent falling out with Madonna during the filming of 2000’s “The Next Best Thing.”

The 49-year-old actor said he made a lot of bad decisions and “burned bridges” while making the movie with Madge.”

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Feb 20, 2009
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  • 80 Comments
    • Ted
      Ted

      Uh, yeah, ’cause his film career was soooo stellar before he came out.

      Does Rupert ever stop whining? I’m pretty sure he whines in his sleep.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gregoire
      Gregoire

      Maybe being a dick, not sucking a dick, helped kill his film career.

      Does he need career advice from Neil Patrick Harris?

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      I’m not quite sure Rupert ever had a future as “a leading Hollywood man”. While there certainly are instances of discrimination in Hollywood. I think it belittles those gay actor that just throw that out there as the reason for their lack of success. Basic Instinct 2? Come on. “Burning your bridges” with Madge, probably not the best career move either for an out actor. There are a million reason for not obtaining success in Hollywood and in this case, his homosexuality was probably near the end of the list.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      @Ted: He was the romantic lead though in studio movies till he came out. Seems a shame.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack
      Jack

      Rupert: as Madonna’s favourite leathery old handbag, you have the right to have her loose change, keys and emergency tampons crammed down your throat. Please avail yourself of this opportunity and spare the rest of us your incessant whining.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ron
      ron

      North America hates British poofs. Elton John, Boy George, George Michael are unspeakable jokes here. And Rupert Everett is beyond fugly. No way he could be a star.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      Yeah, it really hurt Neal Patrick Harris and Sir Ian Mackellan, not to mention Portia del Rossi.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      Should have added Cynthia Nixon & Cherry Jones. I’m sure people can think of others.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • walt zipprian
      walt zipprian

      Maybe his career didn’t take off because he was only a mediocre actor.

      And Ron, you’re an asshole.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      Seems to me that Elton John, Boy George and George Michael have all made millions in north america.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Farrah
      Farrah

      Rupert is not pleasant to work with and most people in the industry know this. His bad attitude and energy are more to blame than anything else. And I’m sorry, wasn’t “My Best Friend’s Wedding” the movie that made mainstream audiences take notice of who him? I’m so over him blaming being gay for his declining career. It’s a cop out.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      LOL…I saw this and thought to myself, “again?”.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      @Farrah: No he was in some good movies first that was kind of the big check big studio picture you get after you make a bunch of great independent films.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tallskin
      Tallskin

      Hmmmm, I think you are all overlooking one tiny point here – namely that there are virtually NO out gay hollywood stars.

      So, what does that tell us?

      Why not?

      Does it tell us that there are no gay Hollywood stars, or that Rupert Everett is correct? Because to ‘come out’ as gay would be death to your career?

      Ian McKellan is an exception that proves the rule, and he came out during the 80s in England as a political protest against Mrs Thatcher’s homophobic law ‘Section 28′.

      That aside he was a stage-walking thesp for years and it’s easier coming out in england if you’re a stage actor. A stage actor is a very different animal to a Hollywood star.

      Er and I’ve never heard of Neal Patrick Harris or Portia del Rossi, so I rest my case

      Feb 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      Here’s the conflicting reality:

      a) He’s right that being gay in Hollywood hurts your career. There’s no way around that. Hell, making a movie as a director or writer about gays is considered a bad idea unless your name is Ang Lee.

      b) He’s wrong about why his career did not take off. It wasn’t because he’s gay. It’s because he’s not lead man material. Not really.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike

      He should have taken a lesson from the resumes of Sir Ian McKellen, Cherri Jones, Neil Patrick Harris, etc. They pursued the dream of being an actor, focusing on their craft. Concentrating on being a Movie Star rarely ever works, and does not guaruntee longevity. Colin Firth, with whom he began his career in “Another Country,” saw himself as an actor first, and to this day he remains in demand, taking on smaller romantic roles in movies such as Momma Mia, in which he played a gay character. Would Everett have ever been able to tuck away that ego of his (eclipsed only be the size of his chin), in order to disappear into that role? Nah….He had a terrific chance to capitalize on “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” by building a career as a character actor (Neil Patrick Harris), and seeing where things may lead. Instead he made a ridiculous movie with an Actress (Madonna) who has never been able to get out of her own way in a film, and has established herself as box office poison (yes, Evita did well, but Mary Kate Olson could have taken on the part and it would have earned money).

      Feb 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      PS I don’t expect to see a crop of actors who happen to be gay who will become leading men for another 5-10 years. If it happens before then, I will be stunned. This is in part the industry (scared to try) and public (not sure), but it’s also I think these actors are only now starting to break into the industry. And, no, like I said about the Flash, I don’t think NPH (whom I like) is big screen leading man material. His problem is that I think he’s a better television actor. But, maybe he can prove me wrong.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blake
      blake

      Come on. Rupert Everett is right that his being openly gay has affected his career adversely. There are no leading men who are openly gay in Hollywood. If that was his goal, then being openly gay killed any chances.

      Why ignore the harsh facts that homophobia is still a major factor in career opportunities for gays? Hotel clerks can be fired for being gay. Do you think that a major studio head who his going to release a multimillion dollar film with a heterosexual love story that has a gay leading man?

      Quick can you name one major film released in the last 10 years that starred an openly gay man in a leading role in which he plays straight?

      It’s also inaccurate to bring up Neil Patrick Harris or Cherry Jones. Neither actor is an A-list lead. Harris is a sitcom TV star not a matinee idol. Cherry Jones is not well known and is mostly known for her work in theater. Portia D. was an established TV actress known for her sexy comedic work. She was never a successful film actress.

      The closest actor to be a somewhat successful lead was Anne Heche but after coming out as bisexual, her film career imploded.

      Why deny that bigotry does not exist in business, whether it’s Hollywood or elsewhere?

      Feb 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @blake – I question whether it is always bigotry in the business itself. I would venture to guess that we are likely over represented behind the scenes in relation to our percentage of the population. Aren’t all minorities in the position in hollywood of being underrepresented or stereotyped. Hollywood is in business to make money. Nothing more, nothing less. They are only marketing/producing what the public will buy.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff from N.C.
      Jeff from N.C.

      He never had mainstream success because he is openly gay. The New York media may put his homosexuality on a pedestal, but the real world does not accept it. Neil Patrick Harris is a supporting character and Portia De Rossi does not have a career.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Attmay
      Attmay

      Ellen DeGeneres isn’t exactly washed up.

      And NPH is the only thing keeping the otherwise dismal “How I Met Your Mother” on the air. But he still looks like Doogie Howser.

      Maybe Rupert doesn’t have a career because he’s a prima donna and he isn’t all that and a bag of chips?

      The public won’t buy ANYTHING from the Hollywood bilge machine these days. Tinseltown doesn’t exactly have a monopoly on our free time anymore, and they’ve been treating adult audiences like teenage boys for way too long.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike [Different person #1 using similar name]

      If he wanted to be a better actor instead of “a movie star” he might have more success.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul
      Darth Paul

      @ron: I grudgingly agree, but there are a few exceptions. Matt Lucas and Patrick Wolf are pretty awesome.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ali
      Ali

      He’s probably partially correct. He came out in the 90s and it was a different environment then. If he came out today, it might be different. A lot has changed in barely a decade.

      He made bad choices all right (and I’ve never been super impressed with his acting) but he might not have had a lot of options for work either since he was immediately typecast. (Also, Ellen didn’t get any work for years after she came out and her show was canceled almost immediately after.)

      The most successful gay celebs who were out in the 90s are people who are extremely talented in multiple fields and create a lot of their own work – like Stephen Fry or Ian McKellen.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotrod54
      hotrod54

      People, people!!!!! He’s talking about being a LEADING MAN! not a singer or character actor, like Elton John or Ian McE. And he’s absolutely right!! Can you think of ANY openly gay leading men movie stars???? NO, you can’t! This guy is a good looking man and a good actor! He should have been in more good movies! I mean, think about it, Hollywood can’t even cast gay actors in gay films–check out Brokeback Mountain and Milk. Hollywood and the rest of the world have a long way to go before homophobia is dead!

      Feb 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nikko
      nikko

      He’s only stating the obvious- I certainly would not come out till I made it big…then, and only then. I’d do the Ricky Martin/Anderson Cooper thing, which is fine by me. Any homo who thinks it necessary to declare he’s gay to the world and lose his livelihood is really being an idiot. Hey, if that’s how crappy Hollywood plays the game, I’d play it for awhile. As long as I don’t deny that I’m gay or appear anti-gay,my personal life is nobody’s business.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blake
      blake

      @Sebbe:

      You say that Hollywood is a business out to make money. Everett would not disagree: Racism, sexism, and homophobia are alive and well in Hollywood, just as they are in most other facets of American society. Therefore, in an industry that is driven by actors, no studio would invest heavily in a gay man.

      Again, we are talking about a male, romantic leading role. There are no openly gay men in those kinds of roles. None. Zilch. Zero. No one has been able to name an openly gay leading male actor. There is no gay man or woman who is as famous as Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie may be bisexual but she has been heterosexual relationships with Pitt and others most prominently. Thus, no one thinks of her in terms of being lesbian.

      Is there a major gay comedic movie star equivalent of Jim Carrey? No. Who are the two famous gay comics? Ant and Mario? Yeah, they’re real stars (not!).

      Ian McKellan? He’s hardly a household name. Neil Patrick Harris? He played an oversexed heterosexual version of himself in the Harold and Kumar movies.

      Why are people ignoring the fact that Everett is in his late 40s. Most leading men get hot in their late 20s or early-to-mid 30s. Everett did not see that kind of recognition. No openly gay man who is a contemporary of Everett’s did either.

      It makes no sense to pretend that there is no homophobia in Hollywood and its decision making.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-Ass Master
      Whup-Ass Master

      I bet if a straight actor couldn’t shut up about how heterosexual he is, everyone would get pretty sick of him. This is no different.

      “The Next Best Thing” did more to ruin his career than anything.

      I’d still do him though, after a couple martinis.

      Call me, Rupert? xox

      Feb 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @blake – I’m just saying that homophopia is only part of it. Isn’t the same true for Asian men in Hollywood, Native American men in Hollywood, Hawaiians and Pacific Islands in Hollywood, Arab men in Hollywood. You don’t see those people getting leading roles in either.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      homophobia I meant

      Feb 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sig Ep
      Sig Ep

      The lady doth protest too much, methinks

      Feb 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      @Whup-Ass Master: Seek help. I don’t have much else to say to someone who is as delusional as you are.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D.B.
      D.B.

      Yes, there is obviously homophobia in the entertainment industry when it comes to openly gay actors. But, there’s no way of knowing how this may or may not have impacted Rupert Everett’s career — there are so many other factors — bad career choices, bad representation, bad reputation, etc.

      And remember, there are so many other (straight) actors who were going to be the “next big thing,” only to see their careers fizzle when the right opportunities didn’t materialize for them.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RichardR
      RichardR

      In a completely different and shallow vein, Rupert used to be so handsome. I know, aging happens to us all, but there’s a bitterness in that once-gorgeous face. Makes me sad, is all I’m saying.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @RichardR – agree and my first thought was wow – look at his crow’s feet.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cole
      Cole

      Stop whining!! Since Rupert burst on the American scene in 1997 with MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING he has added 27 other TV and film credits to his resume. Check out IMDB. What does he want?? Most actors would kill for the work he has had.

      Rupert Everett wasn’t a leading man BEFORE he came out when he was in his 20s and 30s. Why would he think that in his 40s/50s he would be sought after for leading men roles? The older you get in Hollywood the fewer roles there are. 40-50 year old parts go to Brad, Keanu, Tom and George first. It’s too simplistic to say that Rupert doesn’t get roles because he is gay. There are other factors like age….oh, yeah and drugs. Has Rupert cleaned up his coke habit yet? Maybe if he would get clean studios would be willing to back him.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      He was a good actor, and had leading man looks, too. Unfortunately, he had a bad attitude, too, and was difficult to work with; but not more difficult, I offer, than other successful leading men who have careers.

      There’s no getting around it, really. Being gay crippled this man’s career, and now he’s rightfully bitter because it’s too late. Coming out of the closet is NOT a good thing for one’s acting career, period.

      NPH is a sitcom actor who for most of his career was closeted. He is not a leading man…

      Feb 20, 2009 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      And bringing up ellen (whose sitcom was cancelled immediately after she came out) and rosie odonnell doesn’t even begin the address the point of how pervasive homophobia has prevented gays and lesbians from being A-list moviestars.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-Ass Master
      Whup-Ass Master

      @The Gay Numbers: so um…you take this seriously? please bitch. that’s just sad.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      @Whup-Ass Master: You need help. It’s still pathology no matter how camp you make it.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-Ass Master
      Whup-Ass Master

      @The Gay Numbers: Pathology? How did we get from stoopid jokes about Rupert Everett to pathology? What’s your deal, dude? You are seriously creepy. Take up a hobby. Learn to knit. Over and out.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oneway
      oneway

      Once a year this bozo comes out like a cuckoo bird to make himself sound like a bigger ass than he did the year before.

      Enough already, jackass.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • niles
      niles

      Perhaps what hurt Rupert was the style in which he came out and the attitude that he projected. He came across as queeny and bitchy – not the sort of image one has of a leading man. He also gave us way too much information about his previous sex life. He should have concentrated on landing some serious quality roles instead of insisting on being gay gay gay.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      Why are you people ragging on Neal Patrick harris & Ian Mackellan? They’re both “household names.” And NPH plays a raging hetero on his show. And there was no “ewww” factor when Cynthia Nixon was making it with her nerd-hot husband in the SITC movie.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-Ass Master
      Whup-Ass Master

      @hardmannyc: You know what, Hardman? You’re absolutely right. The way to be a trailblazer is not to whine about the obstacles in your way. Ian McKellan and NPH both have a “yeah, whatever, I’m a homo…next question?” vibe, whereas Rupert seems pretty victimy. And constant harping and bitchery just ain’t attractive.

      Isn’t that right, “TGN”?

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Tallskin:

      Tallskin, I agree with you. First of all NO American out actor has received a major leading role in a Hollywood film. I can’t name one. Neil Patrick Harris is no movie actor, just a t.v. sitcom actor, a huge difference and last time I checked, he’s not received any offers to act in a Hollywood film. There is indeed rampant homophobia in Hollywood, no question about that. If Sean Penn had been played by an open gay actor, assuming he’d get the part, MILK wouldn’t have been the hit that it was and in fact, might never have been made. It IS far easier in the UK and elswhere for a stage actor or film actor to come out and get work in his own country, but in Hollywood making movies, definitely not. Stage and film making are two different things.

      Feb 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      @hardmannyc: Saying what they can play is not “ragging on them.” It’s like saying some people are meant to basketball players, and others are meant to be football players. Both are sports, but require different talent. The same is true with being a TV actor versus film or stage. It’s not that NPH is not a good film actor. It’s that he has been a great TV actor. He has not yet proven to be a great film actor.

      Feb 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott
      scott

      If Rupert wanted to be a leading man, he’s right, he shouldn’t have come out. ‘Nuff said.

      As others have said, there is no Leading Actor/Actress, who is homosexual.

      I dare others to list one major leading actor/actress who is out of the closet and bringing in the big bucks. Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Cate Blanchett, Whoopi, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson… I could go on and on. All actors whose names get films made and are hetero or not out of the closet.

      Feb 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mister C
      Mister C

      Hardman,

      They might be household names. But NONE are leadng men on the big screen ALONE. You can be Gay and make it on T.V and make in the movies with a stellar cast.

      Sir Ian McKellan is a FABULOUS actor but look at the movies he’s been in that has made 100,000,000.00$ and more they have all big stellar casts with people that are known to deliver Big Box office, or the theme is something folks have been following via book and now want to see it come to life on the big screen.

      And that’s the truth

      Feb 22, 2009 at 1:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobito
      bobito

      I think he has a point – there are no openly gay leading men in Hollywood films, period. I also think he might have been the one to break that barrier, if he hadn’t made so many of those ‘bad decisions’ that he mentions as an afterthought. And, I’m sorry, adore her as much as you want, but making a movie with Madonna is tantamount to career suicide in terms of box office credibility, no matter what your sexual preference. Guy Ritchie was making edgy and interesting films until “Swept Away” flushed his box office cred down the crapper. Even Sean Penn took a few years to live down his awful film with Madge and reestablish himself as a to-be-taken-seriously actor.

      Pity about Rupert – he wasn’t half-bad as an actor, and before the cosmetic surgery he was pretty hot (add that to the long list of bad decisions). But yeah, if your goal is to be a ‘movie star’, stay in the fucking closet, that’s pretty clear.

      Now he just sounds like a bitter, whiny queen, but in his case, the bitterness is earned. Not attractive, but not unjustifiable.

      Feb 22, 2009 at 6:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blake
      blake

      @bobito:

      “Now he just sounds like a bitter, whiny queen, but in his case, the bitterness is earned. Not attractive, but not unjustifiable.”

      Yep, we can always count on our gay brothers to marginalize and dehumanize us in dismissing the pain that we experience.

      Feb 22, 2009 at 10:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @blake:

      Blake, you are so right. That sort of thing is one of the reasons why we get nowhere with equality issues. There are many of us who don’t even want the right to marry believe it or not and there were some gays who actually voted for Proposition 8 in California. Its one thing to have enemies on the outside but quite another when they are our own kind. Many are swift to judge Rupert Everett but until they walk in someone else’s shoes, they have no business bashing him. It was his personal experience, nobody elses and we should respect that, no matter who disagrees with him. At least he is honest, truthful, out and upfront and not afraid to stand up to homophobia and bigotry which is more than many of us are prepared to do. If anything, he is making it better for the next generation of gay actors, the more visible we are, the better things will be. I think he is brave and very courageous.

      Feb 22, 2009 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      @Robert, NYC: So , in order to be for equality we must agree with him? I agree that gays are not treated equally in Hollywood. I said above that he is right regarding the leading man issue. Where I disagree is that , even if gays were allowed to be leading men, he would be a leading man. One is not the same as the other. By your logic Mickey Rourke was denied his career for so long because people should have ignored his personality. I think that’s where you go off the rail. The problem with Rupert is his personality. Like with Rourke. Or Sean Young. People got to want to work with you.

      Feb 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael
      michael

      Madonna is a horrible singer, a mediocre dancer, and has the personality of a straight jacket yet she has managed to become one of the most successful entertainers ever known and even gotten some projects such as Evita that normally would have gone to greater talents.

      Hollywood is full of folks who are far from the most talented people, the most beautiful people in the world. So why do these folks make it? Because they are not victims, they make the most of what they have and believe in themselves. Rupert believes he is a victim thus he is a victim and you could not convince he or those that think like he does otherwise.

      Feb 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John from  England(used to be just John but there are other John's)
      John from England(used to be just John but there are other John's)

      @Robert, NYC:

      Come on.

      I agree with everything he says about being gay in Hollywood but he is a ‘bitch’ and is ‘whiny’. He is also a liar. He’s not dumb, why would you make a film with poison ivy Madonna? She doesn’t HELP your career..you become HER handbag holder! But he was greedy and he wanted the ‘bright lights’ that hanging out with Madonna brings.

      So if I was a studio exec for arguments sake, would I put this guy who is traipsing behind Madonnna holding her bar at parties as some leading man??

      To some above..

      He WAS a leading men in the UK but he pissed off a lot of people. And like someone said, that’s no surprise as an actor..true BUT you can be a dick but be a dick and bring in $millions like Tom Cruise or Julia Roberts.

      People have long memories in Hollyweird and as soon as your stars starts to fall or shoot yourself in the foot (coming out), if you weren’t so nice….wait and watch who will have your back…

      Tom Cruise is a GREAT example. He was ALWAYS insane, in fact he was in scientology years and years ago but no one said ANYTHING because he was soo huge. But as soon as he did the couch jumping thing and the public were wary of him….no how much sucking up has he had to do?? The guy is on his best behaviour whenever you see him out or on TV..

      It shows that someone as powerful as Cruise still has to play that dirty game..

      Feb 23, 2009 at 6:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blake
      blake

      Did you bother to read the full article? Everett admits that he engaged in self-sabotage but also states that being openly gay hurt is career.

      Are you saying that homophobia did not hurt his career? Why deny the fact that there are ZERO openly gay leading men or women film actors who are successful? Not one person here has been able to point to a single actor or actress.

      This is not just about Everett, this is about film industry.

      Why not be honest that Hollywood is still a homophobic, sexist, ageist, and racist business? Why pretend that world is flat when we all know that it is round like a sphere?

      Feb 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      Isn’t the larger issue here really like Blake said, “Hollywood is still a homophobic, sexist, ageist, and racist business”. I’m not personally convinced that gays are the only ones being excluded. Isn’t anyone who is not a “WASP” really not allowed to play, with a few notable examples of African Americans who have risen to stardom in Hollywood, albeit not in proportions to their percentage of the population?

      Feb 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captainfreedomsworkout
      Captainfreedomsworkout

      Rupert Everett needs a big glass of Shut the Fuck Up.

      I can’t believe this man would bash liberal Hollywood. Especially after Sean Penn won best actor for Milk and Dustin Lance Black gave that heroic speech defending gay rights to the thunderous applause of the Hollywood establishment.

      Rupert Everett is a HAS BEEN. His comments are very Al Sharptonesque and bad for the LGBT community. Its comments like these that promote the culture of “victimization” among a minority of gays.

      If we continue to treat ourselves as victims, if we continue to whine and bitch at the very people who have done more for gay rights than any organization in history….. we will continue to be treated as victims by our REAL ENEMIES… the Evangelicals, the Rednecks, the Aryan Race Hate-crime enthusiasts who want nothing more than to see gays and lesbians exterminated in concentration camps.

      Feb 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nikko
      nikko

      MICHAEL, Madonna a medicore dancer?! Are you crazy?

      Feb 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick
      rick

      he had a crappy career BEFORE he came out. whine whine whine.

      Feb 23, 2009 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick
      rick

      @michael: i like madonnas singing voice.

      Feb 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lulu
      Lulu

      Ron: ‘North @ron:
      What an ugly comment, Ron. And I’m assuming you’re the spokesperson for every single man, woman and child in North America? I personally loves me a ‘British poof’, as you so eloquently put it.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 6:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Captainfreedomsworkout:

      If Hollywood is so liberal, why is it that it doesn’t offer straight roles to the dismal handful of openly gay actors, why? Notice how Jodie Foster gets no big film roles since she came out and when will Hollywood offer Neil Patrick Harris a leading straight role or David Hyde-Pierce? Nobody can convince me that Hollywood is that liberal. Appearances are more than deceiving. The majority of Hollywood actors and actresses are liberal, granted….but the studios? NOT!

      Feb 24, 2009 at 8:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @Robert, NYC – Did Jodie Foster ever ‘officially’ come out?

      Feb 24, 2009 at 9:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Sebbe:

      Sebbe, not exactly, there were so many rumors going around Hollywood that in the end she was forced to admit it, so it would appear that she was outed in an odd sort of way. Ever since then, she’s not been offered any major leading film role that I know of.

      Kevin Spacey is another one. He was directing the Old Vic theater in London for a few years and rumors were so rife that in the end he too admitted his sexual orientation. Has he been in any big Hollywood roles since then? The answer is a resounding NO!

      Its really proof that Rupert Everett, love him or not, is right. Hollywood buys into homophobia and doesn’t want to alienate its movie going public or lose revenue. Openly gay actors are not box office draws for them, regardless of their talents. Its always been that way….and I don’t see it changing any time soon. Profit trounces everything.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @Robert, NYC – I’m still not aware that Foster or Spacey ever “admitted” anything. I thought both of them have just not denied it either. I’m not saying your wrong, I may very well be, I’m just curious if either one of them has ever come out and said I’m here, I’m queer?

      Personally I’m not a fan of any of the three, Foster, Spacey or Everett, but that is besides the point.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Sebbe:

      Sebbe, Foster and Spacey did in fact admit to it and never denied the rumors. I believe I read this in the Advocate or some other gay magazine last year, or it could have been in 2007.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @Robert, NYC – cool, like I said I didn’t know, I just thought they were both andersoncooperesque.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Sebbe:

      Sebbe, to some extent they were but the rumors and gossip I suppose just became too overwhelming for them to continue remaining silent. Anderson Cooper though hasn’t come out publicly but hasn’t denied rumors either. I see no reason why he can’t since Rachel Maddow has and now has a key position on MSNBC. Its also public knowledge in New York City that Anderson lives with his male “partner”. TV is much easier for a gay man or woman to be out, but Hollywood, forget it.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @Robert, NYC – Anderson I suspect will at an opportune time like when he writes his “book” after his career settles down a bit and wants to make another buck (because he doesn’t have enough money already LOL). Anderson I suspect likes all the chatter about him. I love that “glam” look he gives into the camera when he pauses all the time starring at the camera. haha. I always wonder what Wolf is thinking that this kid is prettier and more vain than he.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Sebbe:

      Sebbe, I too think Anderson will eventually come out. Its common knowledge he had a bisexual father so I don’t see it being an issue, least of all to his employer. He’s rather cute though, don’t you think? I wonder if he’s a log cabin republican? He sort of dresses and looks like one but I won’t hold that against him of course.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @ Robert, NYC – Yeah I can’t imagine CNN would have a problem with it in regards to him. He’s adorable. I refuse to accept he is a log cabin repub and I would hold it against him. I suspect he is so liberal socially that may overpower his greed in regards to taxes and how he votes. That’s what I’d like to believe anyways. LOL

      Feb 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adzomelk
      adzomelk

      & lest we forget hes also an incredibly bad writer

      Feb 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dre
      dre

      He should be proud of having come out and not discourage other actors for doing the same.
      From what I’ve heard and seen he seems to be a bitter and unhappy person.
      He needs to shut up and go away. No one will hire him after this rant.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christian
      Christian

      Jodie Foster has never officially come out. She’s the one queer actor I give a pass to, because she has NEVER discussed her private life in public. I guess when someone tries to assassinate a president (even Reagan) to get your attention, living a private life is pretty essential.

      That said, she gets tons of work, remains critically acclaimed in nearly all her roles, and is all-around fabulous. She has also quietly supported numerous gay organizations through her philanthropy, for which she request anonymity.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Sebbe:

      Sebbe, I just lifted this from Wayne Besen’s website regarding Rupert Everett. It might help settle the argument for those who believe Hollywood isn’t homophobic.

      “On the morning of the Oscars, the New York Times Magazine wrote a profile on actor Rupert Everett discussing the obstacles he faced as a result of coming out. The article spoke of the time he was turned down for a major movie role because of his sexual orientation. An MGM executive told his agent, “to all intents and purposes, a homosexual was a pervert in the eyes of America.”

      Feb 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      @Christian:

      Christian, I believe the Advocate or Out magazine carried an article about Jodie Foster several months ago, can’t remember which one exactly, but I did read that she admitted in the interview that she is living happily with her female partner, so in a way, she has indirectly come out, though I’ve not seen her in any leading film (not t.v.) role since.

      Feb 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebbe
      Sebbe

      @Robert, NYC – Thanks like I said, I wasn’t disagreeing just looking for some more info. Cheers

      Feb 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mrs Patrick Campbell
      Mrs Patrick Campbell

      Doesn’t Rupert suffer from the dreaded conditia known as ‘tinymeat’? Still, that should not keep anyone from stardom – just look at Hollywood’s biggest tinymeat success story: homosexual Brad Pitt.

      It’s ok to be a fruit in Hollywood – most are. Just don’t advertise it too much! Pretend to fuck fish like crazy!

      Feb 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe Schmoe
      Joe Schmoe

      It’s got more to do with the fact that he doesn’t use deodorant!

      Jul 23, 2011 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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