WATCH: Matt Damon Clarifies His Comments on Sexuality to Ellen Degeneres

Matt Damon landed himself in some hot water yesterday when it was suggested that he thinks gay actors are better off staying in the closet.

Appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show today, Damon clarifies that his words were misconstrued.

“I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery,” he told Degeneres, “And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe.”

The Martian actor had originally told The Guardian, “[I]n terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”

He was speaking about sexuality in the context that people thought he and Ben Affleck were gay when they first came onto the Hollywood scene by co-writing Good Will Hunting together.

But you can see how easy it was for his words to be misunderstood.

Earlier this month, Damon came under fire for whitesplaining (or, more affectionately, Damonsplaining) racial diversity to director Effie Brown on the season premiere of his show Project Greenlight

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He’s since apologized for that too, saying in part:

My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of Project Greenlight which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.

Damon also did the “Whip/Nae Nae,” raising $20,000 for Water.org in the process:

In the middle of promoting The Martian (in theaters Oct. 2), Damon appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (Sept. 28) where he and Kimmel hugged it out at couple’s therapy: