Matt Damon’s recent comments on gay actors, which suggested that they keep their sexuality to themselves, were misconstrued, according to the actor.
During a pre-taped interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show, which airs today, Damon aimed to set the record straight.
“It is painful when things get said that you don’t believe,” he told Ellen.
In his original interview with The Guardian, The Martian star discussed his role on HBO’s Behind the Candelabra opposite Michael Douglas, and the “gay” rumors that emerged. That’s when the subject of Hollywood’s gay problem was broached.
The actor said people should not be made aware of an actor’s sexuality, “whether straight or gay.”
“That’s one of the mysterious that you should be able to play.“
(By his own logic, Matt Damon has some serious backpedaling to do. His wife Luciano Barraso can be found on his arm way too often to be innocuous, especially on The Red Carpet. You call that being discreet?”
In conversation with Ellen DeGeneres, Damon said he was only trying to convey that actors should leave more to mystery when it comes to their personal lives.
At the conclusion of the line of questioning, DeGeneres told Damon: “I know you, and I know you’re not that guy.”