Lifted from the Daily Mail online:- Controversial actor Rupert Everett has accused British soldiers risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan of being "whining wimps", it emerged today. The 49-year-old, whose father is a retired major and has relatives who earned Victoria Crosses, branded modern recruits as "pathetic" and claimed: âThe whole point of being in the Army is wanting to get killed.â The gay star has just finished filming a portrait of the 19th Century soldier and adventurer Sir Richard Burton for the Channel 4 documentary The Victorian Sex Explorer. And comparing troops from now and then he said: âIn Burton's day they were itching to get into the fray. âNow it is the opposite. They are always whining about the dangers of being killed. Oh my God, they are such wimps now! "The whole point of being in the Army is wanting to get killed, wanting to test yourself to the limits. Now you have to fly 15,000ft above the war zone to avoid getting hit. âI don't think there is any point in having wars if that's how you're going to behave. It's pathetic. All this whining!" And risking further fury from veterans, the actor who once worked as a rent boy after running away from boarding school at age 15, told the Sunday Telegraph: âThe whole point of being in the Army is going to war and getting yourself blown up. âThat and p***ing on prisoners. Yet we all get shocked by Abu Ghraib. "But that's war. If you don't like that side of it, don't do it. Of course soldiers are going to p*** on the first prisoners they take. It goes with the territory." Everett, whose most recent film rolls include parts in Stardust, St Trinianâs, and the voice of Prince Charming in Shrek, served one year in the Army Cadets while at the Catholic public school Ampleforth. But he added: âIt wasnât for me. I would have liked to have been in the Army in Burtonâs time, because you could do more or less what you wanted. âThey would give you four years to go off and explore. Now what do you get in the Army? âBad helmets and Basra. Your guns donât work and everyone hates you when you get back.â Last week the actor, who has a history of being loose-tongued, described Americans as "whiny victims" whose entire language is taken from Friends and Sex And The City. And he said we live in a repressed Victorian-style culture, obsessed with the "authority of what Posh is wearing". "All the problems we have now, they're all really about people not daring to stand up and say anything." And speaking about Americans, he said: "I'm totally off the States now. The reaction to 9/11 and then George Bush - really, they've got very blobby as a nation. "Now they are whiny victims whose language is entirely taken from two TV shows - Friends and Sex And The City - and there's nothing sexy about them any more. âAnd that kind of semi-blindness about the rest of the world, which was attractive when America was exciting, is really unattractive now.