Matt Damon Landed in Hot Waters, Implied a Star Who Hides Their Sexuality is a “Better actor”

Matt Damon found himself on the wrong end of the internet wrath after his comments on actors hiding their sexuality.

Matt Damon Landed in Hot Waters, Implied a Star Who Hides Their Sexuality is a “Better actor”

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  • Matt Damon is typically in the spotlight for good reasons, but in 2015 he trended for some controversial comments.
  • The Good Will Hunting actor seemingly suggested that it's best for actors to hide their sexuality.
  • To prove his point, Damon talked about how Rupert Everett's career suffered after he came out.
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Matt Damon is undoubtedly one of the most respected talents in Hollywood, having shown his prowess in not just acting but also writing and as a producer. These days, he’s working alongside his long-time friend Ben Affleck to grow their new studio Artists Equity, an artist-led studio that partners with filmmakers to empower creative vision.

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Matt Damon
Matt Damon.

Accordingly, the Oscar winner is mostly in the news for positive reasons. Most recently, his Oppenheimer co-star Cillian Murphy praised the actor for not just his onscreen talent but also for his behind-the-scenes work. However, there have been a few rare instances where Damon has found himself in hot water. In particular, he raised the eyebrows of his fans and media with his comments about how actors should talk about their sexuality in the industry.

Read more: As Good Will Hunting Turns 26, Fans Suspect Matt Damon and Ben Affleck of Lying About Penning the Script

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Why Matt Damon Received Backlash From Fans About His Comments on the Sexuality of Actors

Matt Damon starred in the biographical comedy Behind the Candelabra in 2013. In the movie, he portrayed Scott Thorson, a bisexual man, who gets involved in a relationship with the legendary pianist Liberace.

Julia Roberts, Rupert Everett, and Dermot Mulroney in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Julia Roberts, Rupert Everett, and Dermot Mulroney in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).

In 2015, he sat with The Guardian for an interview, wherein the topic of his experience in that film came up. When he was asked if it is harder for actors to be openly gay in Hollywood, Damon touched on rumors of him and Ben being gay because of their collaboration before mentioning English actor, Rupert Everett, who is openly gay. He said:

“I know. It’s just like any piece of gossip… and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive. I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”

The Martian star then seemingly suggested that it’s best for actors to keep their sexuality out of the public eye.

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“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly. But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”

Everett who enjoyed a lot of success in the late 80s and 90s through blockbusters like My Best Friend’s Wedding and Cemetery Man admitted his career suffered a hit after coming out.

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How Matt Damon Reacted to Criticism Over His Comments on the Sexuality of Actors

However, many internet users didn’t agree with Damon’s comments, assuming he was asking gay actors to stay closeted.

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Matt Damon in and as Jason Bourne
Matt Damon in and as Jason Bourne.

This forced the Good Will Hunting writer to clarify his comments later that year during his appearance on Ellen DeGeneneres’s talk show, where he insisted his comments were misconstrued.

“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery, right?” Damon told DeGeneres (via EW). “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe.”

DeGeneres, who is openly gay, added that she knows him and knows he’s not that kind of individual.

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Vishal Singh is a Content Writer at FandomWire. Having spent more than half a decade in the digital media space, Vishal specializes in crafting engaging entertainment- and sports-focused stories. He graduated from university with an honors degree in English Literature.