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Rupert Everett warns actors not to come out in anti-gay Hollywood

Rupert Everett warns actors not to come out in anti-gay Hollywood

Openly gay actor Rupert Everett has again warned Hollywood stars not to come out for the sake of their careers.

The British star who is best known for his roles playing flamboyant gay men in My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Next Best Thing spoke about his frustration at not being offered ‘straight’ parts in movies.

‘Straight men get every opportunity to play gay parts that they want and then win tons of awards for doing so, but the other way doesn’t really work out,’ Everett told the BBC’s Hardtalk program.

He added he would therefore not advise actors to be open about their sexuality if they want to make it in America.

Everett said: ‘I don’t think it works. The structure of the whole of Hollywood, and also theatre owners, come into play a lot in America. The theatre-owning community is another fairly right-wing organization.

‘Since "Reaganism" and actors began to asset-strip themselves, it became possibly worse for an actor to come out because now perfumes are involved, skin care lines are involved and that means shareholders [are involved].

‘The mainstream actor has had to become straighter, straighter and straighter.’

His comments come as Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster officially came out as a lesbian at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles yesterday (13 January).

During the acceptance speech that sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy, she said: ‘I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age.’

Watch the full interview with Rupert Everett tomorrow on BBC Two at 10.30am GMT.