Russell Tovey apologises for comments he made about his gay lifestyle choices
Russell Tovey has apologised after he’d found himself in hot water over the past few days from an interview he had with the Guardian newspaper to promote the new TV series Banished which takes place in an 18th century penal colony in Australia.
During the original interview Tovey had said: “I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”
Since then, his fans and others in the gay community have attacked him via social media, with even other actors firing shots across Tovey’s bow.
“Unique quality, my ass. Nothing unique about internalised homophobia and hatred for people you class as effeminate. You suck,” said Australian actor and singer Brendan Maclean.
Tovey has taken to Twitter, profusely apologising for his comments, insisting they were inarticulate and off the cuff. “I surrender,” he tweeted. “You got me. I’m sat baffled and saddened that a mis- fired inarticulate quote of mine has branded me worst gay ever. If you feel I have personally let you down, I’m sorry, that was never my intention.”
He also insists he’s proud that he’s open and gay, with another tweet popping up a few minutes later, reading: “I’m proud to be who I am and proud for others We’re in this together, I want you to know whatever you think I meant, I didn’t. I’m gonna ride this out, and one day we will all look back on this moment with a half-smile of fascination and amusement.”
Tovey’s career really took off back in 2006 in movie The History Boys, and then latter his stardom was further cemented as he took on the role of a werewolf in the hit BBC show -Being Human. Since then, he’s starred in the HBO comedy-drama Looking, playing the character of Kevin Matheson. The show is currently in its second season and follows the day to day life of the fortunes of five gay men in San Francisco.
Banished starts on 5 March 2015 on BBC 2 and BBC First.