Hollywood shunned me after I came out as gay: Rupert Everett

Hollywood shunned me after I came out as gay: Rupert Everett

"I just never got a job there, and 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," the actor told BBC's Radio 4 in an interview.

Everett, known for his critically acclaimed roles in 'An Ideal Husband' and 'The Next Best Thing', believes that Hollywood is "an extremely conservative world" that "pretends to be a liberal world."

Everett feels that "show business is ideally suited for heterosexuals, it's a very heterosexual business, it's run mostly by heterosexual men, and there's a kind of pecking order."

Everett believes that the trend of heterosexual actors playing gay characters in movies has robbed the gay actors of the few acting assignment coming their way.

"A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it is something different to do. I think that's fine but that does mean the gay actor who used to just get to play the gay part- like me-has been reduced to drag really."

Actor Richarcd Chamberlain too advised the gay actors not to come out because of the homophobia in the showbiz industry.