Hollywood may be patting itself on the back after a successful "resistance" effort at the Tony Awards, but at least one former A-lister says the entertainment industry's leftism extends only so far.
Rupert Everett, the heartthrob star of late-1990s romantic comedies like "My Best Friend's Wedding," says when it comes to LGBT inclusion, Hollywood is full of hypocrites who treat openly gay actors like second class citizens.
"There’s tons of roles that I haven’t got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor or doing a lousy audition — all that counts," Everett told the UK's Metro magazine. "But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that the director and the other actors wanted me to be in and that I was absolutely blocked from by a studio, just for the fact of being gay."
Everett went on to call the entertainment industry "aggressively heterosexual," and said that he's at least been able to transform his lack of work into an opportunity to explore his own creativity and pursue his own projects, even if other actors haven't been so lucky.
"I think my career as a writer would not have happened if I had been heterosexual, active, working non-stop," Everett added. "‘It has forced me always to try and be creative, to try and make something up."
That might be harsh news for some of Hollywood's more powerful leftists, particularly as they cheer actors like Robert de Niro, who consider President Donald Trump — and not their own industry — to be the biggest threat to a progressive nation.