Coming Out Killed My Career: Everett

British actor says his sexuality precludes roles as leading man
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 7:10 PM CST
British actor Rupert Everett.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Rupert Everett has long railed against what he sees as Hollywood’s prejudice against gay actors, and says coming out killed his chances of landing roles as leading man. “It just doesn’t work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point,” Everett, 50, tells the Daily Mail. “The fact of the matter is, and I don’t care who disagrees, it doesn’t work if you’re gay.”

“I’m sick of saying: ‘Yes, it’s probably my own fault.’ Because I’ve always tried to make it work and when it stops working somewhere, I try to make it work somewhere else,” says Everett, adding that he wouldn’t advise a young actor to reveal his homosexuality. “The fact is 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.”

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