Matt Damon Isn’t Anti-Gay, He’s Just Old: Wrap Trends (Video)

TheWrap’s Jordan Burchette pokes holes in “The Martian” star’s case for sexual secrecy in Hollywood

Last Updated: September 29, 2015 @ 6:04 PM

Matt Damon found himself at the center of another controversy this week, when he suggested in a recent interview with The Guardian that gay actors would be better off staying in the closet.

“I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you, period. And sexuality is a huge part of that,” he said. “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.”

Of course, that wasn’t a choice for gay actors just a few decades ago, when life was “simpler” and Damon was coming of age.

The “Martian” actor tried to clarify his position during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday, saying that his words were taken out of context by “the blogosphere …” before repeating those very same words in context.

“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery,” the openly straight actor said, before exiting the studio and presumably putting those family decals on the back window of his minivan in the “Ellen” parking lot.

So was Damon making a salient point about the personal lives of actors? Or is this just another instance of a successful straight white guy advocating ignorance? Watch the latest Wrap Trends for more!

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