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Rupert Everett continues to be bitter, party of one; Insults Jennifer Aniston and Colin Firth in interview

Born with handsome looks and great talent, Rupert Everett seems determined to blame everyone but himself that he is not the biggest star on the planet.

The man who we first fell in love with in Another Country and who became an even bigger star opposite Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding and also starred in An Ideal Husband and The Next Best Thing, continues to complain about the discrimination he says he faces in the film industry.

He compares his acting abilities to those of Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, and complains to the UK’s BBC’s Radio 4 that producers would say they couldn’t find a role that fit him. He says that is because he has been openly gay for most of his career.

“I never got a job there, and I never got a job here, after [coming out],” he said. “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.”

“The audience has a completely perception of the performers than the business,” he adds. “But the business is what makes the stars, really. There are lots of women and lots of men in the business that the powers that be decide are the right people and they’ll stand with them for quite a long time. … Like Jennifer Aniston will just have one too many total flops. But she’s still a member of that club. And she will still manage to — like a star forming in the universe — a whole lot of things swirling around and suddenly solidifying into yet another vital tasteless romcom: a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula.”

He also disses Oscar front-runner Firth, star of The King’s Speech, for performance in the 2008 smash Mamma Mia! “Colin Firth I don’t think was at all good in Mamma Mia!. know, I would have thought it was almost a careericide. … On the other hand, I think (Firth’s) performance in A Single Man was the best performance of his life.”

Rupert does not have a problem with gay actors staying in the closet if they want to: “There are many of them, and I don’t blame them, it’s very sensible. If I hadn’t been someone who liked and if I hadn’t been a kind of sex maniac and all those kind of things and wanted to go to raves and circuit parties, I don’t think there’s anything to wrong with it. It would have been too complicated for me to tell the lie.”

Okay, I have no doubt that Everett has been discriminated against and could have and should have been a bigger star after 1997′s My Best Friend’s Wedding. But he does need to get on with it as so many other talented out stars like John Barrowman, Ian McKellen, Neil Patrick Harris, TR Knight, Luke Macfarlane and others have.


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7 Remarks

  1. Sad to see when gay men as they get older get bitter! I mean seriously this man did not want to age gracefully he went and had his face lifted which lets be honest was a terrible job.

    The first time I saw a picture of him post surgery I had to look twice at the label to see if I was thinking right was it him.

    This poor man looked like a recovery burn victim (obviously he used the same plastic surgeon as M.J.).

    He has become a parody of his former self and why would any producer or director take him seriously, no one really recognizes him the way he looks now. The man was drop dead gorgeous and I am sure would have been one of the hottest daddies around if he just let himself go gracefully.

    It is like a spoiled child that didn’t get the toy they wanted at Christmas so he screwed up his face and complains that no one will hire him, OH SO SAD SO BAD!

    Well if he is that desperate for money and recognition maybe he can go back to escorting. That is how he started in the early days.

  2. Sounds like he needs a glass of NoBitch with a NoWhine chaser!

  3. Hello Greg,

    I have followed your blog for awhile; however, this is my first time commenting. I do not disagree with anything Everett says, especially when it comes to Jennifer Aniston. I think Everette is very funny in how truthful he is being in his interview rather than continuing in false banter. Jennifer’s entire career post “Friends” has been a blessing based on her past relationship with Brad Pitt. All of her movies are dreadful, similar, completely forgettable, and “flops” as Everett states. She continues to be allowed to make movies because of the money making threesome gossip triangle between her and Brad Pitt’s current relationship. She is completely forgettable and if it had not been for her relationship with Brad she would be an unemployed disposable Hollywood nobody with another mug shot. As for Everett’s position on actors remaining in the closet, I think he makes a legitimate argument. Actors are not artists, in my view, despite how wonderful they may consider themselves to be. They are simply tools to tell the artists’ story. Therefore, if viewers know too much about the actors, it becomes that much harder for the artists’ story to be told. It is not that actors cannot have a complete life, just not a publicly “out” life that will bias viewers from believing the make believe stories the artist is trying to tell. Especially in today’s climate where actors seem “on” whether they are acting in a film or just acting in “real-life” in order to gain attention and news/blog time to remain in the “now” of our unfortunate fast-food disposable pop culture. The notion of being out and honest in any profession and aspect of life is lofty and completely naive. Loftiness does not put food in your belly or pay the bills. And let’s face it, there are only so many peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches a struggling actor can eat before the years pass them by and the shallow pretty looks that Hollywood demands begin to fade, and so too, their hopes for being the next best disposable Hollywood sensation. Some professions require years of medical school or a PhD in computer science. That requires an extreme dedication and sacrifice on the person working to obtain such employment. The same is true for the candidate who wishes to become a working actor. The “closet” is the professional sacrifice, in my view, if an actor wants to “be all they can be,” for lack of a better phrase, and get as much employment as possible during the years in which Hollywood is willing to use them. Once those years are through, then they can do like Ricky Martin did and be open and honest about who they are. At that point, they have already reached the height of their profession and the truth is far less likely to hurt them. Would Ricky Martin have been as successful had he come out when Everett did in his career? I honestly do not think so. He would probably have been laughed at as another Madonna gay “boy-toy” and had been kicked out the proverbial Hollywood door back into his Miami apartment closet, rather than his monstrous Miami mansion he is now living so comfortably in. Hollywood is all about illusion and make-believe. If you want to be an actor and be a part of selling that illusion, then the illusion is all that matters, and not the lofty truth. If you want truth, be a doctor or a computer scientist.

  4. Greg, Been reading you forever! But never took the time to leave a comment. Rupert used to live around the corner from me here on South Beach. I would see him riding his bike often and out at restaurants. Like most of us, I fell in love with him years ago. But the poor guy just seems to be totally bitter because he never became a great star. I really doubt it had nothing to do with his being an out gay. There are thousands and thousands of actors that never become big stars. Talent is important but a lot of luck is needed also!

  5. Rupert Everett shouldn’t have to address this issue so aggressively if gay activists and gay media would do their jobs. Greg Hernandez and his ilk should be the ones that examine themselves instead of Rupert because they live off gay people, could never do what they wanted to in a job dominated by heterosexuals (yet they praise heterosexuals night and day), never acknowledge the REALITY of gay life and rarely respond appropriately to anti-gay bigotry by heterosexuals. I understand Rupert’s “bitterness.” I know what it’s like to know no matter how good you are heterosexuals will always want to “keep you in your place.” If gay activists and gay media did their jobs what Rupert said would not shock or turn off the gay masses. The record is no openly gay people have even been leading actors in Hollywood’s 100+ year history, heterosexuals get the best gay roles while gay actors get marginal or straight to DVD/Blu-Ray roles. Gay people in 20 years will be wondering why there are no openly gay leading actors in Hollywood, heterosexuals obviously will be behind that yet gay activists and gay media will barely make a peep to help open the door for that to happen . Gay people want other gay people to come out but don’t want to support them. Every gay “pride” parade organizer wants a heterosexual to headline/grand marshal the event, be the entertainment i.e. the ones that get paid lots of money. While the gay celebrities are the ones that introduce the heterosexuals. Rupert was right that there is a cast system based on sexuality and heterosexual males are running it. Gay people because they are raised and surrounded by heterosexuals from day one follow along with the cast system and the bs that comes along with it. Change is when gay people stop living for heterosexuals.

  6. Hi Greg and other friends of the blog! I agree in part with what he says Ruppert in the case of Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer is not a better actress than her other colleagues in the Friends and yet still hiring and placing among the best, but as friends here said, it is a business, if you have appropriate partners, will succeed, and that applies even to celebrities gays.

    To me Ellen Degeneres is spectacular (I love Ellen) but it sure is thanks to their allies in Hollywood that she has “The Ellen Degeneres Show” instead Rupert Everett has failed to keep important allies in Hollywood probably because of his bad attitude But that has nothing to do with being gay or not is more a matter of getting along with others and know how to choose your allies.

    Kisses to all, especially Greg!

  7. Hi Greg! The out actors you list as examples are successful in television, but none of them with maybe the exception of Ian McKellan have lead successful careers as leading men in motion pictures.

    There are no successful out-of-the-closet gay leading men that I know of in the movie industry (non-tv). It’s just not there yet and appears to be untested ground with Rupert possibly being the only example.

    Let’s hope the success that out LGBT actors have experienced in television recently will translate into successful careers in motion pictures.

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