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Rupert Everett: Actors are a gang

Rupert Everett believes acting can bring out the worst in people.

The 55-year-old English actor-and-writer starred alongside stars Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts when he was at the height of his career in the 1990s and early 2000s. But for Rupert, the showbiz industry has a much less enticing side.

"This is a really tough business. It can bring out the worst in all of us. We’re all a bunch of sl*gs, just terrible sl*gs. It’s like being in a school gang. If you’re part of it, you’re fine; but as soon as you’re outside the gang, there’s nothing much you can do," he divulged to the MailOnline.

Rupert certainly was part of the gang when he was a young actor. He was known for drinking, taking drugs and having casual sex, as he reveals in his first autobiography. But nowadays, Rupert is happy in a long-term relationship with his partner and is now no longer motivated by romance. In fact, he'd rather garden.

"Sex used to be a driving force for me. I was completely motivated by it. But I’m not a teenager, or 20, or 30, or 40 anymore. I’m not even 50," the star explained. "There’s no more testosterone. The last drop has been squeezed out, so I look at life from a different perspective. I’m one of those people who likes gardening in wellies. I love such different things now: trees, birds, gardens, rain, nature".

However, Rupert won't be in the garden full time - he's written, directing, and starring in a biopic of the last days of Oscar Wilde's life. Emily Watson and Hugh Dancy have already been confirmed for the film.

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