Matt Damon found himself in hot waters this week when he was forced to apologise for an interview statement about gay actors he gave a few days prior.
When asked if it is hard for gay actors Damon replied “I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly… 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.”
He then proceeded to use Rupert Everett as an example, suggesting his career declined in success after he chose to come out publicly.
The ‘Martian’ star then took to the Ellen DeGeneres show to clarify his comments, which many believed to mean he encouraged gay actors to remain in the closet.
Speaking to the openly gay talkshow host he said “I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right?” he told the 2014 Oscars host. “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.”
Ellen quickly agreed with him saying “I know you and I know you’re not that guy.”
Damon did however say he believed attitudes were changing and he welcomed the success of same-sex marriages across the USA.
The star, who was plagued by rumours of his sexuality at the beginning of his career with writing partner and friend Ben Affleck, has previously played renowned gay character, Liberace, in ‘Behind The Candelabra’ which he has received much praise for.
Though he didn’t mean to make homophobic remarks or cause offence with his comments, this is the second time his comments has caused controversy recently, while filming “Project Greenlight” he lectured a black woman on diversity in film making with comments that saw her visibly taken aback.
We suggest Matt Damon take his own advice about being mysterious and just stop talking for a while.