Gay Actors Face Barriers, Says Firth; Star Condemns Discrimination at Premiere of A Single Man

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Byline: Alistair Foster

COLIN FIRTH believes that gay actors face "invisible barriers" and risk losing roles if they come out.

The actor, 49, was speaking at the British premiere of his movie A Single Man, in which he plays a gay college professor. He said at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema: "There might be risks for a gay actor coming out.

"The politics of that are quite complex, it seems to me.

"If you're known as a straight guy, playing a gay role, you get rewarded for that. If you're a gay man and you want to play a straight role, you don't get cast -- and if a gay man wants to play a gay role now, you don't get cast.

"I think it needs to be addressed and I feel complicit in the problem. I don't mean to be. I think we should all be allowed to play whoever -- but I think there are still some invisible boundaries which are still uncrossable." Firth said he had no special plans for when the Oscar nominations are announced later today: "I will be doing an interview for Australian television. …

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