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Rupert Everett Tells Young Gay Actors to Stay in the Closet: VIDEO


Repeating a message he's been telling the media for years, actor Rupert Everett talks to BBC's Hardtalk and says that he would not advise any gay actor to come out of the closet because they will be discriminated against in Hollywood.

The interviewer points out Matt Bomer and suggests that maybe Everett's problem with getting roles is his own checkered past.

Replies Everett: "Who's to know? I don't think so."

Everett also tells the interviewer he spent his 20's terrified of AIDS.


On his promiscuity and terror of AIDS:

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  1. Who?

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 14, 2013 12:40:42 PM

  2. **Eyeroll** I don't think there is a person out there whose twenties weren't a confusing mess. Actors like Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick Harris are playing straight roles, very convincingly. Times are changing. There have to be pioneers. And shame on you for suggesting actors should stay in the closet.

    Get therapy. Love yourself. Stay out of the public eye. PLEASE.

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 14, 2013 12:43:04 PM


    Posted by: KURT QUINTON | Jan 14, 2013 12:44:22 PM

  4. What an asshat.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jan 14, 2013 12:46:02 PM

  5. He's entitled to his opinions, but I disagree with him. Like @AJ wrote, MB and NPH are out and having stable careers. Time has changed and finally gay men can also act straight parts!
    I remember how scary the beginning of the era RE is mentioning was. I was young but still remember the headlines etc. It made me to protect myself and play safe.
    Rupert's face has changed, somehow he just looks different.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 14, 2013 12:49:32 PM

  6. Will he EVER go away?

    A bitter, bitter man who best serves by showing young LGBT people the kind of person they do not wish to become.

    He chooses to blame his sexual orientation for where he is in life, instead of the poor choices that he has made along the way.

    I fully encourage you to become a better man, Everett.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 14, 2013 12:51:20 PM

  7. Everett lives in his own little world and refuses to change the way he sees things. If he did, he might see his life improve a bit.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 14, 2013 12:56:51 PM

  8. Such the anti-rolemodel.

    Posted by: C.J. | Jan 14, 2013 12:58:32 PM

  9. it seems all he does is complain. he should try doing something positive with whats left of his fame.

    Posted by: jim | Jan 14, 2013 1:03:27 PM

  10. I wonder if Bomer and Harris are useful counter-examples to Everett's point. Both were well-established actors with successful careers before they "came out" in their 30's. I think that Everett's referring to much younger actors in their 20s who haven't establish themselves; I'm thinking of several ex-werewolves or two NYC ex-roommates much gossiped about on this site.

    At the same time, I think Everett's being overly-broad...and certainly embittered.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jan 14, 2013 1:08:54 PM

  11. Many of us who are a certain age spent much of their 20s terrified of AIDS. But we didn't all become bitter, jaded, self-loathing queens. If there is one celebrity I wish had never come out, it would be Rupert Everett.

    Posted by: Hank | Jan 14, 2013 1:09:09 PM

  12. His bitterness has really changed him and it is physically obvious now. When you spend so much time being angry and resntful it starts to show, and oh Rupert, does it ever show. I feel really bad for him, but worse is the damage he is doing by spouting his bitterness in the public sphere. i don't think he understands that he is doing far more damage than good.

    Posted by: Kevnyc | Jan 14, 2013 1:12:28 PM

  13. Irrelevant, talentless, bitter and still thinking that it's the 80s. Maybe the reason he got no work is because he's a total mess.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 14, 2013 1:13:20 PM

  14. Is he running for the leadership of WBC?

    Posted by: bambinoitalianoba | Jan 14, 2013 1:14:03 PM

  15. I respect his opinions. He's entitled to his ones. I just don't agree with them and he needs to check his sense of reality.

    Posted by: Betocreativo | Jan 14, 2013 1:18:10 PM

  16. Somebody call the WHAAAAMBULANCE!

    Coming out didn't hurt your career, Rupert. Being a wanker that starred in sh*tty movies is what hurt your career.

    NPH, Zach Quinto, and Matt Bomer are out and they get lots of work in TV and movies. Stop trying to foist your shortcomings on others and concentrate on getting your own career back on track, OK?

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 14, 2013 1:20:29 PM

  17. What always bugs me about talking about celebs is that they are different than most of us. The have their real and then their "image" magazines life. Everyone in Hollywood already knows who is gay and who isnt. Its all about people in Ohio knowing or not. The press also already knows who is gay and who isnt but there is an old rule they simply dont discuss it.

    Rupert sort of has a point. Like I dont think Robert Pattison would have been cast in twilight if he were openly gay. Gay actors would probably be passed over for blockbuster action flicks. Gays are still kind of relagated to supporting roles. This has more to do with the "money" people in the industry than anyone else.

    But sadly yes, Everrett has come off as old and bitter for the past 30 years. Seems like i've read this same article like 100X.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jan 14, 2013 1:22:57 PM

  18. How are things ever going to change if they don't come out? Idiot!

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 14, 2013 1:26:47 PM

  19. Do people even know who this guy is any more? I'm not trying to be glib, I seriously think that most people outside of the LGBT community have no idea who he is.

    Posted by: ROBfromVA | Jan 14, 2013 1:29:28 PM

  20. Such a shame that Rupert can't see the truth of his own career decline. Obviously also not being able to see his negativity and cattiness the way others can, he latched blame onto the only other factor one might not be offered leading male roles.

    Whether you guys accept it or not, coming out (or being out) HAS impeded many gay actors. It just so happens other factors were the culprit in Rupert's case.

    It's a shame, as well, what he's had done to his face. He was an adorable young man when Another Country was filmed, alongside another who some might not think has aged well .. Cary Elwes. (Don't get me wrong. I would STILL do Cary in a freakin' heartbeat, just remembering his precious face in Princess Bride... god he was pretty.) Anyway what the hell was I saying? Need a glass of water.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 14, 2013 1:35:29 PM

  21. Talk about not being self-aware. Has he ever watched any of his own films? Occasionally he showed some talent, but not often enough to make a difference to how he's perceived. Perhaps he didn't get some parts because he was gay, but more likely he should blame his own attitude: "I'm not going to get this because I'm gay. Poor me."

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 14, 2013 1:42:13 PM

  22. Rupert needs to face facts. Other actors have come out, and it didn't affect things for them. He came out, but his career flagged. Maybe, just MAYBE, it is because he's not as talented as the others, and maybe, just MAYBE, his movies weren't really very good.

    Posted by: Joey | Jan 14, 2013 1:44:46 PM

  23. Who is this bitter old man, and why does he keep opening his mouth?

    Posted by: Lars | Jan 14, 2013 1:52:08 PM

  24. Rupert is one tiresome soul...makes me yawn (no wonder he has no good roles)...perhaps Downton Abbey could work him in as another not-so- noble queen on the run (something requiring little sex appeal but lots of posturing would be fine).

    Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo | Jan 14, 2013 1:53:19 PM

  25. Bitter old queen, jealous that in his time society was not as accepting as they are now.

    Posted by: David | Jan 14, 2013 1:59:28 PM

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