Douglas discusses Liberace and coming out in Hollywood

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Michael Douglas sat down with “ShortList” to promote his new movie “Behind the Candelabra,” about Liberace’s life. The movie also stars Matt Damon. In the interview, Douglas said he believes it’s likely to be more “difficult” for an actor to come out in Hollywood.
 
Douglas also claims that he knows some actors who stayed in the closet to protect their acting careers.

“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,” he said. “It’s probably a little bit more difficult going that way. I think that’s true.”

Douglas does make a statement in which he highlights the shift in today’s culture.

“It’s a much smaller minority of people who think they still have to stay in the closet. It’s quite interesting to see how fast it’s all changed,” he said.

Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto has said being openly gay has not affected his career negatively, actually claiming that it has increased the amount of work he has received.

Quinto said in an interview with British host Jonathan Ross, “I haven’t stopped working, I’ve only worked more since I came out.”

Quinto also doesn’t feel the need to change himself or take a job from someone who doesn’t accept his orientation.

“If people don’t want to work with me because of my sexual orientation, then I have no interest in working with them to begin with,” said Quinto. “It doesn’t really put me in a position where I feel like I’m limited.”

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