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article imageGay actor Rupert Everett says Catholicism drove him to be a slut

By Andrew John     Jan 7, 2013 in Lifestyle
The gay British actor Rupert Everett says his former Catholic faith drove him to live sex and to become what he calls “a slut”.
He has also said in an interview on The Andrew Marr Show that Oscar Wilde excites the same kind of passion in him as Jesus does in Christians.
On Catholicism, Everett – who is no longer a Catholic – says: “You were told [at school] that if you got a hard-on, you should turn over and say a Hail Mary. You somehow make it work for yourself, but it gives you lots of bubbles inside. I wanted to tear everything down, and the way I found to do it was sex.”
It’s not the first time Everett has been outspoken on sexuality. Recently, he wondered publicly why gay people should wish to marry in church.
He also spoke out about gay parenthood, saying: “For me, personally, the last thing I would like in the entire world would be to go through cocktailing my sperm with my boyfriend and finding some grim couple in Ohio who are gluten-free and who you pay $75,000 to have your baby.
Oscar Wilde  who  according to actor Rupert Everett  began the gay-rights movement
Oscar Wilde, who, according to actor Rupert Everett, began the gay-rights movement
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To me it feels absolutely hideous. But that’s me, just me. I’m not having a go at gay couples who do. I think if Elton [John] and [his civil partner] David [Furnish] want to have babies, that’s wonderful. I think we should all do what we want.”
On Oscar Wilde, Everett (53), whose first major role was in Another Country – in which he played an openly gay student in an English private school (historically known as public schools in the UK) – says the 19th-century poet and playwright in effect began the gay-rights movement.
“He fills me with the same compassion that Jesus fills other people with,” said Everett, who is playing Wilde in the David Hare play The Judas Kiss.
“Before Wilde a woman would never have spoken about homosexuality. The words to describe it were things like ‘pathic’, ‘inverted’. Really he gave homosexuality its profile. And from that moment on I think the gay movement started.”
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