“God, to Salieri,” says Everett, “is inspiration, talent, passion and art, and he doesn’t have it.Mozart has the breath of God singing through him, it says at one point in the play.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the campaign group Stonewall, said: "Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself. He just smiles.” Their comments were likely to cause rancour with gay couples with children such as Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, who have a one-year-old son, Zachary.“There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop." Everett also told how his family’s military background, which included his father serving as an Army Major, meant “some things were simply not talked about”. “But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. It is not the first time Everett has attracted controversy over interviews.There’s only a certain amount of mileage you can make, as a young pretender, as a leading man, as a homosexual.There just isn’t very far you can go.” Everett was born in Norfolk and was brought up and educated as a Catholic – “I was fed it like a foie gras goose,” he says.She had Princess Margaret down to a tee — although I didn’t have any problems going to the loo with her around. I wish I could take over from Camilla, or even the Duke of Edinburgh.’‘This is a really tough business. ‘I could feel the lack of interest in people when I proposed it. Now, I’ve got pretty much all the money and my cast. ‘When you’re younger and you look quite good in our business, you don’t realise how a lot of what you get is to do with your bubbling life force.
He took on the girls’ parts in school plays but he was otherwise very bored.He is preparing for the role of the bitter court composer Antonio Salieri in Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus at the Chichester Festival Theatre.It is a play about two hard-working composers, only one of whom is a genius.He led a promiscuous life as the gay world was rocked by Aids and worried for years that he had contracted the disease.There was a time when he couldn’t look at a camera lens without fearing it would reveal the signs of the killer illness that stalked his community and friends.