While George says he is “pruod” to have Brad as a (platonic, get over it) friend, he says they actually don’t get to hang that often.
“People think Brad and I hang out all the time, but the truth is that we see each other very rarely, maybe a couple times a year,” he tells The Advocate. “I’ve had great fun spending time with my friend again over the awards season. Not only do I enjoy him as a person and respect his talent, but I also love what he does in the world. I can’t speak highly enough about how hard he works at making the world better. I’m very proud to call him my friend.”
As to the rumors about the two — or any others hinting that George is gay, he says, “I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit.”
Comfortable in his manhood, he’s not shy about commenting on Michael Fassbender‘s, well, manhood! People were taken aback when he joked about the Shame star being able to “play gold without using his hands” during the Golden Globes. “Well, c’mon,” he says modestly. “Every guy who saw that movie was like, ‘Jesus Christ,’ at the exact same time.”
As for his fellow actors coming out, he says, “Look at Neil Patrick Harris. He’s a big star on a hit show, and no one’s telling him he can’t play a straight womanizer. I use Neil as an example because I’ve spent time with him and I like him a lot. People like Neil and Ellen DeGeneres have opened the door to making it easier for everyone, and now each person just has to figure out his or her own path. Maybe it’s as simple as a gay actor going to work and getting the job done.”
The Oscar winner isn’t ruling out playing gay in the future, but says “I just haven’t found a screenplay with a gay subject that felt right for me as something that I could direct or act in.”