Matt Damon has weighed in on rumors that he and Ben Affleck were secretly gay, calling such innuendo “offensive.”

Damon, who plays Scott Thorson opposite Michael Douglas as Liberace in the upcoming biopic Behind the Candelabra, was asked about the rumors during an interview with Playboy.

(Related: Matt Damon: Liberace, Scott Thorson were deeply in love.)

“Liberace lived his life in the closet, and times have changed a bit. What was it like when you and Ben Affleck were constantly asked if you were gay, back when you were starting your careers?” Playboy asked.

“I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn't want to offend my friends who were gay – as if being gay were some kind of fucking disease,” Damon answered. “It put me in a weird position in that sense. The whole thing was just gross.”

“But look, there have been great signs of progress – the fact that Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres can come out so beautifully and powerfully, and it's a big fucking deal that it turns out nobody gives a shit. If Liberace were alive today, everybody would love his music and nobody would care what he did in his private life. Like with Elton John.”