Matt Damon clarifies comments about gay actors: ‘I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery’
I wrote yesterday about Matt Damon telling the Guardian that as an actor, ‘people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.’
I have no doubt that Matt is an LGBT ally and always has been but his point is annoying because in what way does he hide his sexuality? Should Neil Patrick Harris or Alan Cumming hide their sexuality still?
C’mon. It’s time to quit referencing Rupert Everett and his experiences nearly 20 years ago.
Anyway, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing today, Matt tried to clarify things.
“I was talking about actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives. And was talking about it in the context of when Ben (Affleck) and I first started and people wrote all these articles, when Good Will Hunting came out, that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote the script. And feeling like oh, well we can’t even like then you have to address it and then it’s like well I’m not gonna throw my friends under the bus, who are gay, and act like it’s some kind of a disease. How do you even address it?”
“So you’re always in these kind of weird things. But in this day and age I said this thing to The Guardian and it got turned into… and I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right? And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. Because in the blogosphere there’s no real penalty for just taking the ball and running with it. Ya know what I mean? You’re just trying to click on your thing.”
Ellen then quipped: ‘It shocks me that you and Ben are not gay. But if you want to deny it and keep your mystery and your marriage and your daughters…’