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Matt Damon Discusses Openly Gay Actors in Hollywood

Matt Damon Discusses Openly Gay Actors in Hollywood

Matt Damon is opening up about his thoughts on gay actors being open about their sexuality in Hollywood.

The 44-year-old The Martian actor told The Guardian that there were once rumors about him and best friend Ben Affleck being gay and it put them “in a weird position of having to answer.”

“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,” Matt added. “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.”

“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” Matt continued. “But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. 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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Matt Damon’s thoughts on gay actors in Hollywood?

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  • forrest gump

    yep, lock it & throw the key away!!

  • Random Medley

    Just proves anyone can be a moron.

  • liss

    Why is he making these dumb statements these days. WHY

  • lshelton22

    He really needs to stop talking.

  • Barb

    You might not agree with him, but as a female I get sort of sad when I find out one of my desired male actors are gay. Selfish me I guess.

  • disqus_ZNPVzUWFK7

    Its very upsetting how misleading the title of this article is. He didnt say only gays should “stay in the closet” He said overall all actors should keep their sexuality a mystery period. Take some responsibility for how you title things, its like you are trying to hurt his career and portrait him as something else. This isn’t the first time I see this on this website. It wasn’t like this before.

  • FranB

    I know, right?! Terrible reporting. Anything to get people to click on the article.

  • yatuza

    he is right. look a cara delevingne acting career/ her being lesbian is no problem to the fashion world. but when she is playing a caracter i personaly dont buy it or any caracter. thaths why the best actors are the ones that keep their private life private.

  • Jenny from the flop

    All I got from his interview is, that he’s a fame whore who likes to manipulate and stir up rumors that he could be gay, in order to get attention and sell movies. Brilliant PR, but dude, who talks about that publicly? You might as well reveal your salary. I get what he mean about not giving it away, but since he’s self proclaimed “straight”, he shouldn’t be the one talking about this.
    If this was Neil Patrick Harris, it would be a different case, because Neil is actually gay, who tried to protect himself in the past

  • Menelaos Kyparissis

    First the diversity thing, now this. Take a step back, dude.

  • Guest

    Well said. Absolutely agree with him. It’s wiser to be less revealing about yourself when you are in the public domain.

  • Jen

    If you are a good enough actor, then it doesn’t matter how much a person knows about your personal life! A good actor will be able to play a straight, gay, lesbian, bi person, no matter what their sexual orientation is. But Matt Damon would’t know, because he’s not a vey good actor….

    Cate Blanchett (a woman), played Bob Dylan (a man) and I think she did so tremendously! I think most people who saw that movie knew that she is woman, but still managed to see her as a man. She was actually nominated for both the Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance.

    Having said that, I think the title here is very misleading, but that’s no news. JJ is getting worse and worse….

  • Lee

    If an actor wants to come out, great. If not that’s fine too, nobody should ever be pressured one way or the other. I do agree that the less we know about celebs in general, no matter what the subject, is so much better. I miss the time before social networking. Sometimes I watch them in a movie or a show, and I can’t help but think about something they did or said IRL, or whatever scandal they’re in, etc. When I see Martian because it’s supposed to be really good, will I just think of the stuff he spews? Hopefully I can just enjoy the movie. TMI these days.

  • Justin Aniston

    I am gay myself, and my plan is to become an actor. But I will never stay in the closet just for the sake of my career. My happiness is worth more than my career. Being gay will never become normal and accepted if we stay in the closet. We know a lot of personal stuff about you Matt Damon, but that doesn’t have to effect your JOB (!) as an actor. We seperate your personal life and your movies.

  • Justin Aniston

    But Matt Damon is really revealing about his personal life? But we can still seperate his personal life and movies?

  • Avone

    To be fair, he is right. Why is it everyone business if you are straight or gay? Its nobody’s business. I think its time people stop asking actors and singers if they are gay or straight. Its annoying and rude as hell.

  • Guest

    I can and I do. I have zero interest in what is going on in his home.

  • Justin Aniston

    Yeah. But if you can seperate Matt’s personal life and movies, you and Matt should be able to seperate people being gay in their personal life.

  • JustThat

    so much bull… in such a little quote !

  • Tigerlilly

    Totally agree with this. When I read only the headline I was like ‘huh, what the hell are you talking about dude???’

  • Visitor

    Luke Evans is openly gay and no one cares. I think it’s because Luke still has a masculine look and vibe about him. Rupert is effeminate and has a rotten attitude.

  • Guest

    I completely agree. His statement is about something completely different than this horrible, homophobic headline suggests. Shame on you, JustJared. HuffPo got it right. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/matt-damon-ben-affleck-gay-rumors_56094797e4b0768126fe116e?cps=gravity_5053_-2807649118999058850

  • Tigerlilly

    Great argument!!!

  • Allie Maine

    Rupert lost his career because he jacked his beautiful face up with bad surgery! I do think lesbian actresses are more accepted in audiences /Hwood eyes than males though

  • Allie Maine

    Who is Luke Evans???

  • Tim

    Matt Damon talked openly about his wife and kids with John Stewart on The Daily Show. So much for self-protecting a “mystery.”

  • Jamie

    Bradley Cooper

  • Guest

    why does it matter?

  • Pearl

    YES!!!

  • Tyler

    He’s talking about Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Tyler

    matt talks about Leo

  • Pearl

    I think he is just trying to be a nice. maybe he ‘protecs’ his friends that he loves and respects. but i love your honest!!!

  • Pearl

    i know

  • Tyler

    He’s ‘protecting’ Leo

  • Tyler

    Leo is a closet case you said

  • Pearl

    i know. that makes me love him even more

  • Pearl

    i dont care where is leo

  • Tyler

    leo getting ready to do a coming out

  • Tyler

    he’s in the closet

  • Pearl

    good for him

  • Pearl

    its his beards problem. they all will look like few idiots. esp bar with her 6 years of crap

  • Tyler

    Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Tyler

    So she was his beard

  • Tyler

    didn’t her mother out him or something

  • Pearl

    correct

  • Pearl

    will know after his comming out

  • Tyler

    dont remember where she outted him

  • Tyler

    next year

  • Pearl

    bradley is his ex bf

  • Pearl

    my friends live in
    Israel

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