Oh god. Matt Damon is hunting to lose our good will with increasingly crappy comments about diversity and sexuality. Fresh off of Damonsplaining to a black female filmmaker that we don't need diversity in filmmaking, Damon said in a recent interview that gay actors should stay in the closet.
Promoting The Martian should be easy now that everybody's talking about water on Mars, but Damon seems committed to make himself seem like an a-hole.
Damon talked The Guardian through his history and early career, and mentioned playing a gay character in Behind the Candelabra. They then go on to discuss actually being gay in Hollywood.
“When Ben and I first came on the scene there were rumours that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote a script together...I know. It’s just like any piece of gossip… and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive. I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” he continues. “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.”