Alan Cumming Dismisses ‘Stay In The Closet’ Mentality For Actors

Morris Chapdelaine
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Morris Chapdelaine

January 26, 2011
7:02 p.m.

Alan Cumming has spoken out against fellow gay actors, such as Richard Chamberlain and Rupert Everett who advise actors to stay in the closet for the sake of their careers.

“I think it’s so mean-spirited,” Cumming tells The Guardian. “If you’re living a lie, that’s not healthy, and I think it is really irresponsible of [Chamberlain] and Rupert to say these things.”

And as for the fact that straights cannot accept gay actors playing heterosexuals, Cumming responds by saying:

“It’s not about your work… It’s about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they? Anyway, it’s an academic question: how can you know [that coming out affects your career]? Some people get less work than others, and it has nothing to do with sexuality.”

I suddenly find myself a bigger fan of Mr. Cummings…I couldn’t have said what he said better. Bravo indeed.

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