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My Best Friend’s Wedding star Rupert Everett has slammed Jennifer Aniston’s career in a new radio interview.The 51-year-old British actor claimed Hollywood’s power players promote people they consider stars, despite poor performances at the box office. ‘If you look and analyse the careers of many, many stars, you’ll find that they’re mostly sustained by the business,’ Everett told BBC Radio 4. “You’ll find there’s lots of women and lots of men in the business that the powers that be decide are right for their business, and they’ll stand with them for quite a long time.’
He then used the 41-year-old star of Just Go With It, The Bounty Hunter and The Switch as an example. ‘OK, something will go wrong, like Jennifer Aniston will have one too many total flops, but she’s still a member of that club,’ Everett continued. ‘And she will still manage to… like a star forming in the universe, things will swirl around her and it will suddenly solidify into another vital tasteless rom-com, a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula.’
He also had Oscar-nominated actor Colin Firth in his sights. ‘Colin Firth I don’t think was at all good in Mamma Mia! I would have thought it was almost a careericide,’ Everett sniped. Everett did manage one compliment, however. ‘On the other hand, I think [Firth’s] performance in A Single Man was the best performance of his life.’ His comments were part of a broader claim that the Hollywood film industry is plagued by homophobia. Everett, who came out as gay in the late 1980s, believes the decision damaged his career. ‘Showbusiness is ideally suited for heterosexuals – it’s a very heterosexual business, it’s run mostly by heterosexual men, and there’s a kind of pecking order.’ He added: ‘I just never got a job there [in Hollywood], and I never got a job here, after [coming out]. I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career… and then, I never had another job here for 10 years probably and I moved to Europe. ‘Hollywood is an extremely conservative world that pretends to be a liberal world.’
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I actually agree with some of what he is saying… What about you?