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Rupert Everett appears in a scene from the 2010 movie, Wild Tangent. - Provided courtesy of Magic Light Pictures

Jennifer Aniston dissed by Rupert Everett, who rants about 'conservative' Hollywood

12/29/2010 by Corinne Heller

Rupert Everett, a gay British actor who played Julia Robert's pal in "My Best Friend's Wedding," has slammed Jennifer Aniston's career while ranting about Hollywood, which he says favors heterosexual actors.

Aniston, 41, has not commented. She rose to fame playing Rachel on the comedy series "Friends" and has since starred in mostly romantic comedy movies, such as "The Bounty Hunter" and "The Switch."

"There's lots of women and lots of men in the business that the powers that be decide are the right people for their business, and they'll stand with them for quite a long time," Everett, 51, told BBC Radio 4.

"Okay, something will go wrong, like Jennifer Aniston will have just one too many total flops, but she's still a member of that club," he said. "And she will still manage to, like a star forming in the universe, a whole lot of things will swirl around and it will suddenly solidify into another vital tasteless romcom that'll glitter."

Everett recently filmed the movie "Wild Target" with "Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint and Emily Blunt. He has also appeared in movies such as "Stardust" with Michelle Pfeiffer and voiced Mr. Fox in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and Prince Charming in "Shrek the Third." He says that he has been unable to find good movie roles because he is openly gay.

"I think show business is ideally suited for heterosexuals," he said. "It's run mostly by heterosexual men. I think there's a very sexist attitude. It's very, very conservative, Hollywood."

"A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it's something different to do," he said. "I think that's fine. It does mean that the gay actors who used to just get to play the gay parts, like me, have been reduced to drag. But, you know, whatever."

Richard Chamberlain, another gay actor, recently said he does not recommend most homosexual actors to come out of the closet. Everett said he would have been unable to keep his sexuality a secret.

"If I hadn't been a kind of a sex maniac and all those kind of things and wanted to go to raves and circuit parties, I would've definitely stayed in the closet as well," he said. "I don't think there's anything wrong with it. But it would have been too complicated form for me to tell the lie."

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