Matt Damon has a message for closeted actors — stay put if you want the career you’ve always dreamed of.
Or else, end up like — god forbid — Rupert Everett. (You could do worse.)
Damon told the Guardian: “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.”
Cue the “but.”
“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.”
And hey, maybe he has a point. But maybe he doesn’t. He also had to go back nearly 20 years to find an example to support his theory — surely the landscape has changed a bit since Everett came out in 1997? Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Wentworth Miller seem to be doing alright for themselves, but would they be even bigger names if the world still thought they were straight shooters?
Back when Damon and Ben Affleck hit the scene running with Good Will Hunting, there were more than a few gay rumors flying around about the two golden boys.
At the time, he told Playboy: “I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay – as if being gay were some kind of fucking disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense. The whole thing was just gross.”
Damon went on to say in the Guardian that all actors should be in the closet, so to speak.
“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.”
By that logic, his participation in this YourTango article — Matt Damon Shares His BEST Marriage And Family Secrets — must have made him a much worse actor.