It would have been hard to miss the controversy Matt Damon created when he made comments about gay actors, and now Spectre actor Ben Whishaw has weighed in on it.
Ben touched on this topic while at a screening for London Spy, a new BBC miniseries, saying: “I do not understand what the problem is. Actors play all sorts of things. I’ve played murderers, journalists and kings – I’m not any of them. The whole thing is a fiction, it’s about imagination, it’s play. I am baffled to why it’s such a big thing.
“And also, I’m baffled because it feels like we’re in a time where there are lots of gay people, not just actors but in all walks of life, and let’s be where we are. We’re human beings and I don’t understand why it’s really a discussion now.”
He then went on to directly comment on what Matt Damon said, expressing his belief that the original comments were taken out of context.
“It feels like a story that’s trying to be drummed up, even though there are more important things we should be talking about.”
Ellen Page also recently touched on this topic recently in an interview with Metro Weekly.
“He doesn’t have a point because he related it to sexuality. Heterosexual actors and actresses do not have to go to great lengths to hide their sexuality. Yes, of course, keep your private life private. Protect yourself. Have boundaries. When you’re a public person, you need to think about your safety.”
“But if it’s in relation to sexuality, then no – that’s an unfair double standard. Heterosexual people walk down the red carpet with their partners all the time, they talk about their children…”