Matt Damon on Gay Rumours with BFF Ben Affleck
Matt Damon has finally opened up for the first time about rumours that he and Ben Affleck were once gay lovers.
BFFs Affleck and Damon grew up together as kids and have risen to stardom together after the release of their first film ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997. Since then, the so-called “gay romance” between the actors has been a near-endless source of tabloid speculation.
Damon discusses those rumors — and then some — in a new interview with ‘Playboy’ magazine, saying that he simply didn’t want to offend anyone by quashing talk of romance so he just ignored the claims.
He said: “I never denied those rumours because I didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay – as if being gay were some kind of disease.
“It put me in a weird position in that sense. The whole thing was just gross.”
Damon added he’s proud of the progress that has been made in recent years by the gay community.
“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***ing deal that it turns out nobody gives a sh*t.“
Damon – who has three daughters and a stepdaughter with wife Luciana Barroso – is set to play gay in the forthcoming HBO biopic, “Behind The Candelabra,” in which he portrays Scott Thorson, the long-term lover of Liberace (Michael Douglas).
“These two men were deeply in love and in a real relationship — a marriage — long before there was gay marriage,” Damon says of the real-life pair. “That’s not an insignificant thing. The script is beautiful and relatable. Their conversations when they’re dressing or undressing or having a spat or getting ready for bed? That’s every marriage.”
As far as getting into character was concerned, he noted, “We both have a lot of gay friends, and we were not going to screw this up or bullsh*t it. It wasn’t the most natural thing in the world to do, though. Like, for one scene, I had to come out of a pool, go over to Michael, straddle him on a chaise lounge 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.”
As for Douglas, he notes, “Michael was a wonderful kisser.”
Ben’s 40. Matt’s 42.