04/18/2013 02:52 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jeremy Irons Flip-Flops On Gay Marriage Remarks, Says Comments Taken Out Of Context (VIDEO)

In an interview with BBC this week, award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons maintained that he doesn't have any problem with gay marriage, despite controversial comments about same-sex marriage and incest made earlier on HuffPost Live.

Speaking with HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps earlier in April, Irons said same-sex marriage could open the door for a father to marry his son.

Historically, marriage has been about procreation, Irons reflected in the BBC sit down. He then said he didn't mean anything by his earlier comments about gay marriage. (Although, he admitted he didn't know the difference between civil partnerships and marriage.)

"I was just rather amused by the idea which I put forward," he said. "It had nothing to do with my feelings. I think gay marriage is wonderful."

As BBC host Stephen Sackur pressed the Oscar winner, Irons added that the incest point was really taken out of context.

"As I said at the end of the interview, and this wasn't reported, any reason that holds anybody together in a relationship is great. If it works as glue, if it makes you feel better, if it makes you feel you love your partner more, it's great," Irons said.

It should be noted that Irons has already once responded to the gay marriage controversy with an online letter, in which the actor denied being anti-gay or against same-sex marriage.

Certainly, this is not Irons' first opinion to court controversy. In 2011, Irons told the Radio Times that sexual harassment claims are getting blown out of proportion.

"If a man puts his hand on a woman’s bottom, any woman worth her salt can deal with it," Irons said at the time. "It’s communication. Can’t we be friendly?”

(h/t Queerty)



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