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Rupert Everett talks drug use and how his sexuality influenced his career

Rupert Everett attends Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House on November 19, 2013 in London, England.
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British actor Rupert Everett has made headlines over the last couple years for the wrong reasons. The outspoken actor made controversial statements in 2012 regarding gay parenting and in 2009 urged gay actors to stay in the closet. His comments were mostly about his own insecurities. In an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph published Monday, he talks about drug addiction and how his sexuality influenced his acting career.

Everett got his big start when he was cast in the stage production of “Another Country” in 1981. He then made the jump to the big screen with performances in films such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Everett enjoyed his success and exposure to fame, but with that came issues with drug use. In the interview he admits to being an avid drug user.

He told the Telegraph that he used drugs like heroin but didn’t get addicted because it made him sick. He did indulge in other narcotics but revealed that he has kicked the habit. He said, “I was always very lucky. I was too vain to get into that much trouble. I had this very middle-class work ethic that held me back at the last minute from going on and on and on.”

The 55-year-old actor still admits to smoking marijuana, but has had to cut back as he is preparing for a role in the play “Amadeus.” He did honestly admit that he would use drugs again if they were made available, particularly cocaine in which he had a previous habit.

“I’m still probably not in the position to say ‘no’. If you got out a gram of coke now and offered me a line, I’m sure I’d take one. But I wouldn’t seek out and I know it’s not going to get me any place much. Weed, which I adore, I had to stop smoking, if only for learning Amadeus.”

Everett also opened up about his sexuality and how he felt it influenced the path of his career. As a gay actor, the “My Best Friend’s Wedding” star made controversial statements in the past as he urged other actors to stay in the closet. He doesn’t feel misunderstood with the statements but did clarify he was speaking based on his own experience.

He said, “You can only understand the disaster of your own case yourself. You can’t ever expect the world to see everything about yourself in the way that you do – certainly in terms of conducting a career as a homosexual in showbusiness.” Everett added that his sexuality is not threatening as much now, but throughout his career was a huge issue.

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