Rupert, looking set to star in My Best Friend's WELDING.
Rupert Everett gives a characteristically infuriating—but never boring—interview to the Daily Beast (via Towleroad), in which he rails against gay men having babies with surrogates:
"I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it's egocentric and vain. And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird. If I did have the impulse to be a parent, I would adopt—or foster. But this whole thing of forcing parenthood on us gay men is so bogus."
Nobody's forcing anything on Rupert or on gay men, but it does seem a lot of gay men want to be parents. I understand his argument that surrogacy can be read as egocentric (maybe it's done because gay adoption is HARD and legal rights are murkier if the kid isn't "yours"), but so can a lot of things—like having a baby at all or, um, PLASTIC SURGERY. If you are meant to have wrinkle-free skin and wide-open eyes then great. Rupert fancies himself "illegal" and "outside the mainstream," yet...well, he doesn't seem to be much more out-there than "those awful middle-class queens," who he says are "all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers."
And why is the lesbian "grim?" Woman-hating gay guys are as antiquated as the roles he usually plays. But at least the roles are "classic" old, not "square" old.
I think as an advocate for being different, Rupert Everett makes a great actor.