Openly gay actor Rupert Everett blames Jennifer Aniston and the heterosexual Hollywood establishment for his diminished film career. In an interview with BBC 4, the British actor opines that the glamorous world of show business is run by not-so-glittery straight people who aren’t willing to give a gay a chance.
“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,” he said.
He also notes that Jennifer Aniston can do a whole slew of box office failures wherein she plays women who own bakeries who meet cute with widowed dog walkers and the movie will tank. But she’ll still come out on top. And that riles his ass:
“Like Jennifer Aniston will just have one too many total flops. But she’s still a member of that club. And she will still manage to — like a star forming in the universe — a whole lot of things swirling around and suddenly solidifying into yet another vital tasteless romcom: a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula.”
Everett was one of the first cool gay guys I can remember seeing in a movie (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and that was a big deal back in 1997. The urbane, flawless gay dude who has his shit together far more than the straight people around him is now almost a media stereotype. And it’s thanks to him. It was a lot more empowering back then for us as opposed to your typical nelly caricature. Someone give Rupert a job!
– J. Harvey