Under fire for recent comment regarding gay marriage - in which he questioned whether the legality of such a union would lead to fathers marrying their sons - Jeremy Irons has released a statement on his website.
And the opening line makes his stance clear as can be:
I am deeply concerned that from my on line discussion with the Huffington Post, it has been understood that I hold a position that is anti gay. This is as far from the truth of me as to say that I believe the earth is flat.
Irons, whose remarks were mocked by Stephen Colbert, goes on to acknowledge he may have "too flippantly" brought up a legal issue surrounding the "practical meaning of marriage" when raising the possibility of same-sex incest.
"I am clearly aware that many gay relationships are more long term, responsible and even healthier in their role of raising children, than their hetero equivalents, and that love often creates the desire to mark itself in a formal way, as Marriage would do. Clearly society should find a way of doing this."
"I had hoped that even on such a subject as this, where passions run high, the internet was a forum where ideas could be freely discussed without descending into name-calling.
"I believe that is what it could be, but it depends on all of us behaving, even behind our aliases, in a humane, intelligent and open way."