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Matt Damon thinks straight and gay actors should be private about their sexuality – but is he?

http://www.topnews.in/files/Matt-Damon001.jpgI’ve always like Matt Damon as an actor and he seems like an awfully cool guy in general.

But boy, he sure has been sticking his foot in his mouth lately.

Matt, who played gay in the HBO flick Behind The Candelabra, the film The Talented Mr. Ripley and an episode of Will & Grace, says actors should not come out as gay if they want a good career.

‘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,’ he tells the Guardian. ‘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.’

Matt then went on to say actors should be private about their sexuality in order to be more attractive to an audience.

‘In terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period,’ he added. ‘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.’

Sure, because Matt is so vague about his sexuality showing up to premieres and award shows with his wife?

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  1. THIS IS SAD…MATT HAS TOLD ALL HIS GAY FRIENDS THAT THEY SHOULD STAY IN THE CLOSET AND BE ASHAMED OF WHO THEY ARE..DOES HE REALLY HEAR HIMSELF??? AND USING THE TERM “DISEASE” AT ALL IS SOOOO PATHETIC!!

  2. That would make it a de facto perpetuation of the notion that “gay” equals shameful/unfit and therefore better keep it hidden. Because we all know that the only sexuality people take as granted (being the majority) is the heterosexual one (not analyzing bisexuality here). “Straight people hiding their sexuality” is a joke not even Damon believes for a moment; he means gays, gay people, but he wanted to soften the harshness of his loudly expressed mistake.

    The only way to make people think “who cares” about actor’s personal lives/sexuality is not hiding it, making it so common people wouldn’t notice (unless they have an issue). I think it’s a generational thing too, younger people don’t even know who Rupert Everett was as to take his children’s horror story as true (it’s always omitted from the tale that Rupert Everett was also an homophobic, disliked, wicked person, what certainly may have helped into the “not getting a job” thingy).

  3. I think Matt Damon’s comments are shameful. My opinion of him has taken a nose dive.

  4. Matt proves that even our allies need to continually educate themselves. His statement was silly and VERY hypocritical.

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