Rupert Everett Never Got Another Job After Coming Out He Claims…
Rupert Everett spoke to the UK’sBBC’s Radio 4 about his views on Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, discussing what happened to his career following his announcement that he is gay. He also took a shot at Jennifer Aniston and straight actors playing homosexual characters.
When asked about the professional reaction he received after he came out of the closet, Everett responded, “Nothing very much [in terms of Hollywood reaction]. I just never got a job there, 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 ten years probably and I moved to Europe.” Despite a general view to the contrary, Everett calls Hollywood “an extremely conservative world” that “pretends to be a liberal world.”
Earlier, he said he felt, “show business 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.”
Everett believes that “pecking order” decides who will continue to do well in Hollywood, regardless of box office takes or quality. “There are lots of women and lots of men in the business that the powers that be decide are the right people and they’ll stand with them for quite a long time,” he said.