Rupert Everett to Actors: Coming Out Will Kill Your Career

You'd think that a lesbian TV star using a major broadcast show to come out would be considered a victory for the gay community, but not everyone agrees on that matter -- not even everyone in Hollywood's gay community.

Openly gay actor and on-again, off-again BFF of Madonna, Rupert Everett, says he wouldn't advise any young actors follow Meredith Baxter's example of making a big, public to-do about their sexual orientation.

"The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business," Everett told London's Observer. "It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. You're going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they'll cut you right off."

And if that didn't send a clear enough message, Everett punctuated his controversial statement by saying, bluntly: "The fact of the matter is, and I don't care who disagrees, it doesn't work if you're gay."

It's an unexpected take coming from the successful actor who's landed leading roles in mainstream movies like Shakespeare in Love and My Best Friend's Wedding. He also played Prince Charming in the animated Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, but he claims that was "a role I would never get in a live-action movie."

Everett's statements come in the wake of Adam Lambert's controversial, sexually charged American Music Awards performance and Baxter's well-received coming out on the TODAY show. And, of course, Neil Patrick Harris has of late been more and more open about life as a gay actor, and his coming clean about it so has been almost universally lauded.

Plus: Read why Meredith Baxter decided to come out.

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