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Friday 18 April 2014

Everett slams Hollywood 'order'

Rupert Everett reckons his Hollywood career suffered after he revealed he was gay

Rupert Everett has lashed out at the Hollywood film industry, blaming the lack of roles on homophobia.

The English actor, who appeared in My Best Friend's Wedding alongside Julia Roberts and An Ideal Husband with Cate Blanchett, came out as gay in the late 1980s and claimed coming out of the closet may have damaged his career.

"Showbusiness is ideally suited for heterosexuals - it's a very heterosexual business, it's run mostly by heterosexual men, and there's a kind of pecking order," he told BBC Radio 4.

He added: "I just never got a job there [in Hollywood], and I never got a job here, after (coming out). I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career... and then, I never had another job here for 10 years probably and I moved to Europe. Hollywood is an extremely conservative world that pretends to be a liberal world."

Rupert reckoned the "pecking order" decides who gets to appear in movies, regardless of box office takings or quality, and referred to Jennifer Aniston as an example.

"Jennifer Aniston will just have one too many total flops. But she's still a member of that club. And she will still manage to, like a star forming in the universe, a whole lot of things will swirl around and suddenly solidifying into yet another vital tasteless rom-com, a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula," he said.

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