Rupert Everett: Hollywood structure prevents gay actors who want mainstream careers from coming out
It’s been interesting to read what people are writing about stars like Garber and Jodie Foster coming out or not coming out etc. I’ll share some of my thoughts on that in a column tomorrow.
Rupert Everett, the actor best known for Another Country and My Best Friend’s Wedding, elaborates in an interview with BBC on why he believes that an actor who wants a big career in mainstream films cannot come out.
He blames the business structure of Hollywood as well as the influence of theater owners: “Perfume and skin care lines are involved and that means shareholders. The mainstream actor has had to become straighter, straighter, straighter.”
In the second clip, Everett speaks of his early days of stardom in the 1980s and how he was terrified, every single day, that he had AIDS – an understandable fear since he had spent some time as a prostitute.