LOS ANGELES — Matt Damon does not believe that gay actors should stay in the closet, nor did he even ever say as much.

But he caught hell on Monday all the same — many headlines stated outright that those were his words — and so The Martian actor felt the need to clarify comments he made that were published this weekend in The Guardian during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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“It’s painful when things get said that you don’t believe,” he told Ellen in the brief exchange. “You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. Because in the blogosphere, there’s no penalty for just taking the ball and running with it.” Read more…

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Matt Damon clarifies comments about gay actors on ‘Ellen’