Rupert Everett, that annoying actor who always plays similar roles in bad Hollywood films, is in trouble after he made this amazingly insensitive statement about soldiers to a Sunday newspaper:

The whole point of being in the Army is going to war and getting yourself blown up. They are always whining about the dangers of being killed. They are such wimps now. It’s pathetic, all this whining.

What a stupid thing to say. If Everett had ever–as we say at TAC– borne a rifle on the battlefield then perhaps his remark could be justified. But this is a man who rose to fame for his part in “My Best Friend’s Wedding”.

He has today issued a groveling–and strikingly thespian–apology:

I never meant at any point to question the bravery of those who lose their lives, or survive, but without arms or legs. Just seeing these people in my mind’s eye right now makes me feel a terrible anguish.

Who’s whining now?