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Matt Damon prides himself on having a "boring" nice-guy reputation. Still, he's been the subject of a few juicy rumors -- like the one early on in his career, when there were whispers about him and best friend Ben Affleck being lovers. In a new interview with Playboy, Damon explained why the gossip bothered him.
"I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay -- as if being gay were some kind of f**king disease," Damon recalled. "It put me in a weird position in that sense...But look, there have been great signs of progress -- the fact that Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres can come out so beautifully and powerfully, and it’s a big f**kng deal that it turns out nobody gives a s**t."
At the moment, Damon has just finished filming his gayest role ever: Liberace's longtime lover Scott Thorson in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra. Though Damon described costar Michael Douglas as a "wonderful kisser," he admitted that playing the love scenes wasn't easy.
"We both have a lot of gay friends, and we were not going to screw this up...it wasn’t the most natural thing in the world to do, though," said the actor. "Like, for one scene, I had to come out of a pool, go over to Michael, straddle him on a chaise longue and start kissing him. And throughout the script, it’s not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan."
He also had some advice from another actor who had been in his shoes: the late Heath Ledger. "I remember asking Heath Ledger after Brokeback Mountain, 'How’d you do that scene with Jake?' -- meaning the scene where they start ferociously kissing," said Damon."He said, 'Well, mate, I drank a half case of beer in my trailer.' I started laughing, and he goes, 'No, I’m serious. I needed to just go for it. If you can’t do that, you’re not making the movie.'"
While Damon shows plenty of passion on the big screen, he told Playboy that he's not good at making extravagant romantic gestures towards his wife of seven years, Luciana Barroso. "I'm sh**ty at that," he confessed. "I wish I were better because my wife deserves somebody who surprises her with a gift or flowers or some wonderful idea. I’ve never been good at that, and she’s really good at it, which makes me feel even more like s**t."
Aww, cheer up, Matt Damon. You seem to be better at this marriage thing than 99% of Hollywood!