Matt Damon is raising eyebrows with his latest comments concerning gay actors. In a new interview, ‘The Martian’ actor seemed to suggest that gay actors are actually better off staying in the closet, claiming, ‘People shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality.’
Uh oh. Following his recent controversial comments about diversity onscreen on Sept. 14, Matt Damon, 44, just made another surprisingly contentious statement, this time concerning gay actors and actresses. In a new interview, The Martian actor opened up about his thoughts on gay actors being open about their sexuality in Hollywood, suggesting that they would fare better in the industry if they stayed in the closet. See the full breadth of his comments below!
Speaking candidly with The Guardian, Matt opened up about old rumors, suggesting he and his fellow Good Will Hunting co-star, Ben Affleck, 43, were gay together, and how those rumors put them “in a weird position of having to answer” certain questions in public. “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,” Matt told the publication. “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.”
“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” Matt continued. “But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. 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.”
While Matt wasn’t suggesting that gay actors should keep their sexuality out of the public sphere, he didn’t exactly support their decision to be open and honest either.
Matt also recently landed himself in hot water over comments he made in the season premiere of his new HBO program, Project Greenlight. Matt got into a discussion with Dear White People director Effie Brown, telling her that diversity only matters when casting movie actors and not when it comes to picking who sits behind the camera. The 44-year-old actor later clarified his comments, saying that he wanted to award the position to the directors based on their qualifications — a point that seemed to only outrage a large number of Twitter users that much more.
What do you think about Matt’s latest comments, HollywoodLifers? Should actors as a whole keep their sexuality private, or was he speaking strictly about gay actors? Share your comments with us below!
— Alyssa Montemurro