COLIN Firth thinks there are a lot of secretly gay actors in Hollywood.
The British star — who recently portrayed homosexual college professor George Falconer in 60s-set film A Single Man — believes the movie industry if full of male actors who are nervous about coming out in case it jeopardizes their careers.
“If you’re a straight actor who takes on the role of a gay man, it’s obviously not the same as being one in this business,” he told Parade magazine. “I think there are still some constraints against being openly gay.
“It is to do with whatever sexual taboos are in place. In Hollywood, I know that some actors are far more circumspect about keeping that secret hidden. There are not a lot of openly gay leading men.”
The 49-year-old actor had no qualms about playing George because the movie was written so well the storyline became very “accessible”.
“There’s sex running all the way through the movie, even though we don’t need to see anybody doing it,” he sad.
“I think the fact the man I play is open about the fact he is gay is definitely significant. But I think it just reinforces the power of the story, which is about a love between men that has a very accessible, universal quality.”
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