I know of gay actors who haven`t come out, says Michael Douglas

Last Updated: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 16:39

London: Actor Michael Douglas says that he knows of gay Hollywood actors who have stayed in the closet in order to protect their careers.

The Oscar-winning actor and producer recently starred as entertainer Liberace, who denied being gay during his lifetime, in the Steven Soderbergh-directed biopic "Behind the Candelabra", reported Digital Spy.

Asked if he thought the public would struggle to accept an openly gay actor playing a straight character, Douglas replied, "It`s a good question. Without naming names, I certainly think there are a couple of people out there who have not come out in the spirit of protecting their careers and livelihoods. It`s probably a little bit more difficult going that way. I think that`s true."

Douglas also recalled meeting Liberace with his father Kirk Douglas when he was 12.

"He just stopped to say hello, this guy in this Rolls-Royce convertible with sunlight bouncing off the gold and diamonds round his fingers, round his neck.

"His hair was perfect. And he just looked like this happy guy. He was a wonder, really well-liked, really popular, very generous, great party thrower. That was about the only time."

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 16:39

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