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Gay Times Summer 11 - Issue 394

Rupert Everett

Bob Henderson does lunch with the star of St Trinnians

Rupert meets us in a small, efficiently run Italian restaurant in Soho. It is decked out in full British regalia, the interview taking places just day before THAT bloody wedding. Remember those long weekends? It feels like a lifetime ago. It’s difficult to introduce Mr Everett. Do we list his Hollywood achievements, name dropping Madonna and Julia Roberts? Could we reduce him to ‘star of St Trinnians’? Actor, thespian, writer, celebrity? Instead we tell him a bit about where GT is at in its history, and combined with the wedding, he admits to feeling teary. “It does makes you start wondering, you’ve been around such a long time. And now Gay Times is the same”. It’s obvious the topic of aging is something preoccupying Rupert, as it comes up again and again, in increasingly reflective ways. At times it feels like he’s having a post-mid-life-crisis in front of us, while casually eating pasta with a resigned air, of someone who has long since given up the enjoyment of food but knows he needs to eat. Just another daily task on the long list of life’s inconveniences.
Well, we have an agenda. It’s our porn issue. It’s a good a place to start as any. Without wanting to put him off his food, we euphemistically ask if he’s a consumer.
“I’m over it actually, slightly. I liked it when it was more innocent. I think around about the time of the war in Iraq is when I went off porn. Because just I’ve been offered all the scenarios of prison and combat boots and you know” he grunts in a theatrical and comedy-porn manner, “Yeah! You know… Getting older it just doesn’t interest me. I have gone off it. I liked it when there was less of it around. There’s too much, it’s everywhere. Just everywhere.”
He’s sort of got a point, in terms of how sexualised TV and cinema have become, though he’s quick concede it could be a generational thing.
“I think you may stumble upon something, especially when things weren’t so cleverly made and well made and polished looking,” he says, “But maybe that’s to do with being young too. All these things you do when you’re young and they hit you when you’re young. They’re very exciting but then when they’ve been hitting you for 25 years, like going to a club. A club is a club is a club. You go in there 1985 and 1995, 2005 and 2015 and really there’s not much…” he ponders, as he is wont to do, “there’s a change to the degree to which people are out of it. And it’s the same thing over and over again and you get bored with the theme, I guess. That’s the thing about getting older.”

Photo: Will Baker

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