Matt Damon insists his comments about gay actors have been misinterpreted

'Bourne' star dismisses suggestions that he said gay actors should stay in the closet

Matt Damon has sought to clarify recent comments he made about actors’ sexuality.

“I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period,” the Bourne actor said during an interview with The Observer.

“And sexuality is a huge part of that. 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.”

Many readers interpreted these comments as suggesting that gay actors should remain in the closet for the benefit of their careers, but Damon has now insisted that his quotes were taken out of context.

“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery, right?” Damon explained during an interview on Ellen DeGeneres’s US talk show. “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like, I mean, it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe.”

Damon, who is currently promoting his latest film The Martian, has also caused controversy recently with his attempt to explain diversity in Hollywood, which was widely criticised online and dubbed “Damonsplaining”.