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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cumming: Gay stars can be honest

Alan Cumming says gay stars shouldn't hide their sexuality for fear of losing roles
Alan Cumming says gay stars shouldn't hide their sexuality for fear of losing roles

Alan Cumming has insisted gay actors shouldn't be put off coming out of the closet for fear of losing roles.

The Burlesque actor, who is married to graphic artist Grant Shaffer, branded Rupert Everett and US star Richard Chamberlain as "irresponsible" for saying acting parts dried up for homosexuals who revealed their sexual orientation.

"I think it's so mean-spirited," Alan told the Guardian. "If you're living a lie, that's not healthy, and I think it is really irresponsible of [Richard] and Rupert to say those things."

The Scottish star added: "It's about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message.

"I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they?"

Last month, Rupert told BBC Radio 4: "Showbusiness 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."

He added: "I just never got a job there [in Hollywood], 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 10 years probably and I moved to Europe. Hollywood is an extremely conservative world that pretends to be a liberal world."

Meanwhile Richard, star of 1980s TV show The Thorn Birds, has said he "wouldn't advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out."

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