In an interview with The Sunday Times published after the release of his latest film Stillwater, the actor claimed that he recently stopped using a homophobic slur after his daughter asked him not to anymore.
“The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application," he said in the interview. "I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter.”
“She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You!’ She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous."
“I understand," he said in the interview. "It’s a fair point. Anybody should be offended by that behavior.”
He also claimed that his interview comments are being received differently than they used to be: “Twenty years ago, the best way I can put it is that the journalist listened to the music more than the lyrics [of an interview]. Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible.”
“Everyone needs clicks. Before it didn’t really matter what I said, because it didn’t make the news. But maybe this shift is a good thing. So I shut the fuck up more.”