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Rupert Everett: Gays are Last in Hollywood's 'Pecking Order'

Calling Hollywood a "conservative" world that "pretends to be a liberal world," Rupert Everett slams Hollywood's homophobia in a new BBC4 interview, in which he revisits a complaint he has aired several times before:

Everett "I never got a job here, after (coming out). I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career... and then, I never had another job here for ten years probably and I moved to Europe." 

Adds Everett: "Show business is ideally suited for heterosexuals, it's a very heterosexual business, it's run mostly by heterosexual men, and there's a kind of pecking order."

Everett says that straight actors are pushing gay actors out of gay roles:

"A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it is something different to do. I think that's fine but that does mean the gay actor who used to just get to play the gay part- like me-has been reduced to drag really."


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    Next stop: The entr'acte of the dogfights in Tiajuana, where Rupert will complain that the straight poodles are hogging the show.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 30, 2010 8:35:44 AM

  2. I guess I'm not the only person bored of Everett?

    Posted by: Corvidae | Dec 30, 2010 8:39:44 AM

  3. Gee Rupert, maybe it's just because you're a lousy actor?

    Posted by: Voenix Rising | Dec 30, 2010 8:41:40 AM

  4. Hmm, which came first, the bitterness or the rejection?

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 30, 2010 8:42:56 AM

  5. He was very good in Dance With A Stranger. But I sat next to him once in a west village nyc sushi restaurant...he was a jerk to the waitress and felt he was entitled to be served before anyone else. What a diva! I bet he's difficult to be around.

    Posted by: Ed | Dec 30, 2010 9:01:00 AM

  6. Paging Bitter, party of one.

    Why must the media help this pathetic loser remind us how incredibly bitter he is every few months?

    Posted by: rf7777 | Dec 30, 2010 9:45:01 AM

  7. Him being jobless probably has as much to do with his plastic surgery as does his sexual orientation. Seriously Rupert, what did you do to your face?

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Dec 30, 2010 9:48:01 AM

  8. Maybe if Rupert were relevant his words would have some sort of impact.

    Posted by: Ted | Dec 30, 2010 10:07:50 AM

  9. How many times do you think he will peddle this line before the media stops publicizing it. Nobody takes this man seriously, least of all the gay community...

    Posted by: ColinATL | Dec 30, 2010 10:09:09 AM

  10. He looks very ghoulish--like Lurch from The Addams Family. I dare to say this (and his attitude) might have more influence on his current options.

    He needs to stop whining and start looking at himself instead of blaming everything on homophobia. His fame and money has still given him more options that the average gay man has.

    Posted by: JASON | Dec 30, 2010 10:18:06 AM

  11. This little tirade suggests that a prickly personality might have more to do with his lack of work than his sexual orientation.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 30, 2010 10:19:07 AM

  12. When musicians who have unrecognised talent can't get record deals they often self-produce and upload their music -without using the typical paths. When authors can't get published they often publish their own books. When the unemployed can't get work, sometimes they go entrepreneur on the situation and start something new. Rupert needs to have his own idea, make it amazing and stop crying on everybody's doormat. If he's good, if he's inspired there is work. If he's dreary and entitled... maybe not.

    Posted by: pickles | Dec 30, 2010 10:29:13 AM

  13. Isn't all this basically this the gay version of "I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small."

    Thanks for playing, Norma. Now go back to playing bridge with the waxworks.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 30, 2010 10:32:32 AM

  14. John Lee Hart: It was worse before the surgery. He did not age gracefully.

    Posted by: van | Dec 30, 2010 10:35:38 AM

  15. The more likely scenario is Rupert is 'Difficult'. He may also simply not network and sell himself well. And he's not particularly talented, was never and is never going to sell well to tweens, teens, and heterosexual females, and is past his prime, at least as far as his chosen profession is concerned. Rupert is quite lucky he's gotten this far, most in his profession never 'Make It'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 30, 2010 10:57:27 AM

  16. Like him or not (and whether he's difficult to work with or not), there is definitely truth to what he's saying. He may not be doing himself any favors, but what he's saying is pretty accurate.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 30, 2010 11:14:39 AM

  17. Yes, it's accurate. It's exactly why NPH can't get on prime time television or appear as a pu*** hound in stoner movies. (end snark)

    I really would love to see Rupert posts banned. His lack of work has everything to do with him being a miserable person.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | Dec 30, 2010 11:24:48 AM

  18. Why do you give this almost-was this kind of coverage? Do you think your readers are any different from the rest of the world -- that we, alone, just can't wait for the next words of wisdom to fall from Rupert's lips? In case you do, you're mistaken.

    I'd say you have to be on the payroll of his PR people, except there's no way in hell someone as inconsequential as Rupert even has PR people.

    Yes, "he revisits a complaint he has made several times before". Does that not tell you anything? This isn't news.

    Posted by: justme | Dec 30, 2010 11:34:41 AM

  19. Is Rupert the only one out there who believes Hollywood isn't primarily about big business and making money? If you are not as marketable to the mainstream it doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is.

    And if he is this disliked in the gay community, why would he be any more appealing to straights?

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 30, 2010 11:45:03 AM

  20. Yeah ,though he may "whine" in parts of the interview...the interviewer address that in his questions. Look, I'm not so much standing up for Rupert here...I just don't think that feeling like he's a prick takes away from the fact that much of what he is stating about the movie business IS RIGHT ON TARGET bitches...

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Dec 30, 2010 11:51:30 AM

  21. I'm not sure if he fancies himself a leading man or something... but at this age? Before Hollywood is a heterosexual industry, it is a young/good looking industry. That being said, if you're respected and have a good attitude, you will get parts. I mean, look at Ian McKellen... he stole the parts of Gandalf and Magnetto right out of the grasp of some heterosexual's hands!

    Posted by: Jon B | Dec 30, 2010 12:08:55 PM

  22. "reduced to drag", eh? I think you're going to get more shoes thrown at you than Bush.

    Rupert, you're just a very boring and ugly actor. That's why you don't get roles.

    But you are sort of right. Hollywood is a conservative world pretending to be moderate. Hollywood doesn't even pretend to be liberal.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 30, 2010 12:11:13 PM

  23. No Ma'am.

    Posted by: Rimming Martin | Dec 30, 2010 12:27:09 PM

  24. Some of what he says rings true; alas it's drowned out by his bitterness and nasty attitude...

    Posted by: wirrrn | Dec 30, 2010 12:48:52 PM

  25. Everett thinks he is still a leading man. That time passed several years ago. I'm sure he could find work as a character actor if he would just shut his mouth for a while and go to work.

    Posted by: niles | Dec 30, 2010 1:39:00 PM

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