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Everett opens up about drugs

Rupert Everett has opened up about his former drug taking, and says he no longer feels misunderstood.

The English actor's big break came when he was cast in the stage production Another Country in 1981, and since then he's enjoyed a charmed showbiz life which has seen him become a star of the big screen too.

During this time he was an avid drug user, regularly indulging in narcotics, but reveals he's now kicked the habit.

“Yes, tons," Rupert told British newspaper The Telegraph when quizzed on taking heroin, before revealing he didn't become addicted “because it made me very, very sick, always.”

“I was always very lucky. I was too vain to get into that much trouble. I had this very middle-class work ethic that held me back at the last minute from going on and on and on."

The actor is preparing for the role of the bitter court composer Antonio Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Chichester Festival Theatre, which debuts on July 12.

At 55 Rupert has now turned his back on harder drugs but still smokes marijuana, although had to cut back while rehearsing for his new play.

"Right up until I turned 50, I took, I suppose, what most people would consider a lot. But by a drug taker’s perspective, I really was quite conservative," he mused about his previous cocaine habit.

“I’m still probably not in the position to say 'no’. If you got out a gram of coke now and offered me a line, I’m sure I’d take one. But I wouldn’t seek one out and I know it’s not going to get me any place much. Weed, which I adore, I had to stop smoking, if only for learning Amadeus.”

Rupert wasn't shy when it came to talking about his sexual orientation, and the impact it's had on his career.

The My Best Friend's Wedding star admits he doesn't feel misunderstood, but has suffered with second guessing himself in the past.

“Not exactly," he said when asked if he felt misunderstood. "You can only understand the disaster of your own case yourself. You can’t ever expect the world to see everything about yourself in the way that you do – certainly in terms of conducting a career as a homosexual in showbusiness.

"Not so much now, maybe, because I’m older. It’s not such a threatening problem. But all through my career it was a huge issue."

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