Michael Douglas weighs in on closeted gay actors
We all have our hunches but Michael Douglas isn’t going to confirm any of them for us.
The Oscar-winning actor, who played the gay entertainer Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, was asked in an interview with ShortList.com if he thinks the public would accept a gay actor playing a straight man.
‘It’s a good question,’ Douglas says. ‘Without naming names, I certainly think there are a couple of people out there who have not come out in the spirit of protecting their careers and livelihoods. It’s probably a little bit more difficult going that way. I think that’s true.’
We all know the list of famous out actors is growing all the time with the addition in recent years of Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto,Victor Garber, Sean Maher, Jonathan Groff, Sean Hayes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and many more.
Douglas acknowledges the changing tide.
‘It’s a much smaller minority of people who think they still have to stay in the closet,’ he says. ‘It’s quite interesting to see how fast it’s all changed.’