Rupert Everett Advises Gay Actors Not to Come Out

By: Gay.com
12.3.2009

Often at odds with many in the LGBT community, out actor Rupert Everett recently made controversial remarks to the Observer advising aspiring actors to stay in the closet and saying he regretted coming out for the negative effects it has on his career.

Despite nabbing leading roles opposite Julia Roberts (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Madonna (The Next Best Thing) and Julianne Moore (An Ideal Husband) the British actor says since coming out as a gay man in 1989 his career has suffered. "The fact is,” he plainly stated, “that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business.”

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Everett continued, "I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out.”

Seemingly aware of the backlash such comments could incite, he still maintained, "the fact of the matter is, and I don't care who disagrees, it doesn't work if you're gay." He said he was grateful to be “vaguely free” to be himself than more successful actors who remain in the closet.

Everett came under fire in the past for claiming “gay men who have children are egocentric and vain" and often is outspoken in his unusual opinions about gay life. At Outfest, director Todd Holland expressed similar sentiments about gay actors remaining closeted for the sake of their careers.

TELL US: In the wake of recent examples like Neil Patrick Harris and Adam Lambert, is coming out a threat to a performers career? Is Everett’s stance damaging or unabashedly honest?

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