Bret Easton Ellis has sparked outrage on the internet after claiming he thinks Matt Bomer is "too gay" to star in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.
The bisexual American Psycho author - who has previously stated he is keen to write the screenplay for the movie adaptation of EL James best-selling erotic novel - spoke out on Twitter after Matt - who stars in US show White Collar and recently appeared in stripper movie Magic Mike - was said to be in the running for the role of Christian Grey.
Bret tweeted at the weekend: "Fifty Shades of Grey: Casting Matt Bomer is the equivalent as casting Jesse Tyler Ferguson..." Ferguson is a gay actor who plays a gay character on TV.
The writer revealed a few days later: "It's a very major disappointment to announce that I've somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey... @E_L_James I hope you find someone as passionate as I was about Fifty Shades of Grey. I will miss it."
But after being accused of homophobia Bret defended his comments about Matt.
"Let's finalise this. Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role.
"Okay I'll say it. Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He's great for other roles but this is too big a game.
"I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!?
"I actually think it's cool that women want Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. It means that we've moved beyond stereotypes and that gay is hot...
"Hollywood is the most homophobic place in the entire world."