More articles Monday 19 August 2013 12:05pm
Rupert Everett to boycott Winter Olympics
Actor Rupert Everett revealed last night that he will boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, along with Stephen Fry. Speaking at an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Everett called the Russian attitude to homosexuality ‘cruel’ and said that ‘if you are gay in Russia you live secretly. If found out you’re beaten up, killed or forced to commit suicide’.
Everett, who spent a year and a half in Russia shooting a movie and later returned as an UN ambassador, spoke about his visit to an aids clinic in St Petersburg where he discovered that gay people pretend to be drug users to get access to HIV medicine. He questioned whether the prejudice still exists because religion is powerful in the country. Russia recently announced an anti gay law which states that openly gay people and athletes attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be arrested.
Everett also made his opinion on the upcoming Scottish Independence referendum quite clear, stating that ‘The United Kingdom is very lucky, it’s a shame to be squabbling about things like Independence’.
In an engaging and witty session, which included several references to Sean Penn’s private parts, Everett confirmed that next year he will begin shooting The Happy Prince, a biopic of Oscar Wilde’s final years written, directed and starring Everett himself. After years of working on the project it was Everett’s acclaimed portrayal of Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s theatre production The Judas Kiss that sealed the deal with financial backers the BBC and British distributors, Lion’s Gate.
Within the hour Everett admitted to bidding for and not securing the role of Dr Who, that he was forced to sell his French home due to lack of finances and that he has no regrets in his career, including being openly gay, commenting ‘life’s too short for regret, we’re only happy hookers’.