Matt Damon wants to set the record straight (terrible pun not intended). The actor’s recent words on being an openly gay actor in Hollywood have made many upset, so he visited Ellen DeGeneres to clarify what he meant. Watch what he had to say!
Matt Damon, 44, infuriated many when an interview he did went viral, in which he claimed that “people shouldn’t know anything about [actors’] sexuality,” which the Internet widely interpreted to mean Matt believes gay actors should stay in the closet. However, The Martian star insists his comments were taken out of context, and he was able to explain himself further when he dropped by The Ellen Show for a pretaped appearance, which will air on Sept. 29. Check out his explanation below.
“I was talking about– actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives,” Matt said, explaining how his words had been completely twisted. “When Ben [Affleck] and I first started, people wrote all these articles about us that we were gay because it was two guys wrote the script.”
Matt went on to discuss why he believes comments about sexual orientation are damning no matter what. “I’m not gonna throw my friends under the bus who are gay and act like it’s some kind of disease even if you address it,” he said. “So you’re always in these kind of weird things, but in this day and age… I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery and somebody picked it up and said, ‘I think gay actors should get back in the closet.'”
Matt relayed that last part with a slight chuckle, however, it was clear that he was genuinely shaken by the reports which had been made. “It is painful when things get said that you don’t believe,” he said. You can read the original interview with Matt in full here.
What do you guys think of Matt’s comments? Do you agree that his words were twisted or was he genuinely offensive?
— Casey Mink