Actor Matt Damon used a pre-taped appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to clarify comments he made about gay actors. According to a Sept. 28 article by the Hollywood Reporter, the “Martian” star told DeGeneres that his comments about how gay actors should remain in the closet was taken out of context.
In the appearance set to air on Tuesday, Damon opened up about his recent interview with The Guardian and said all the criticism he has taken for the comments made is unnecessary because what actually came out of his mouth was not in any way an attempt to demean gay actors or even tell them to get back in the closet.
“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery, right?” Damon told DeGeneres. “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like, I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe.”
Damon, who has had his share of gay rumors, recalled how he dealt with those rumors earlier in his career and how sometimes it is just better to allow the media to speculate by “running with it.” As far as his actual comments made in the interview with The Guardian, Damon clarified in which context he was speaking when talking about actors and sexuality.
“I was talking about [that] actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives, and was talking about it in the context of when Ben [Affleck] and I first started and people wrote all these articles, when ‘Good Will Hunting’ came out, that we were gay, because it was two guys that wrote the script,” he explained to DeGeneres via PEOPLE.
Damon went on to say that he believes should maintain a bit of their mystery and was not saying that gay actors should step back into the closet. He did, however, admit that he thinks it must really be hard for those actors who are out publicly and used Rupert Everett as an example saying that Everett’s acting career took a hit after he revealed his sexuality.