Rupert Everett, still rather majestic-looking at 55 although a little faded, has lived a life of contrasts and contradictions.He is an actor and writer who has tasted success in Hollywood, fallen in and out of friendship with Madonna, and, in 2012, won plaudits for playing Oscar Wilde in Sir David Hare’s The Judas Kiss.Because it’s such a huge part, it makes you feel like you’re drowning in it slightly.
What’s amazing about a permanent relationship [he’s happily settled with his long-term boyfriend] is two human beings being connected to each other, not just the kind of glamorous passion we see in Hollywood movies.’After dropping out of public school at 16, he hotfooted it to London where he got high, got laid and . Here is Rupert’s dressing room at the freshly refurbished Chichester Festival Theatre where, as Mozart’s bitter rival Antonio Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, he will be the first actor to set foot on the new stage when it officially opens tonight. His first autobiography and its sequel, Vanished Years, sold in their hundreds of thousands, largely to middle-class, middle-aged women who seem to see him as a sort of gloriously talented, gloriously beautiful, gloriously naughty, prodigal son. Now he pops to Wiltshire with the boyfriend for a Sunday lunch cooked by his rather delightful mum Sara on the Aga whenever they have the chance. In 2007 a ‘little Renaissance’ followed as the headmistress in St Trinian’s, which starred in with Colin Firth.Actor Rupert Everett is urging gay stars not to 'come out' and to keep their sexuality a secret as it could end their film career.The 50-year-old My Best Friend's Wedding star came out as gay 20 years ago and admitted that since then, he has been given supporting roles and not lead parts. And, honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out...'The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business.'It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community’.“The only community I belong to is humanity and we’ve got too many children on the planet, so it’s good not to have more.” Campaigners claimed his remarks were reminiscent of those who oppose same-sex marriages.How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?