Actor-turned-author Denis Leary's new lifestyle book has landed him in hot water again - after he defended his right to use homophobic language in the tome.
The Rescue Me star came under fire during an interview with American gay and lesbian magazine The Advocate, which quizzed him about his forthcoming book, Why We Suck: A Feel-Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.
In the interview, reporter Brandon Voss confronts Leary over a chapter in the book titled Why Matt Damon Is A Giant Fag - asking why Leary deems it appropriate to use the derogatory term.
But Leary insists he didn't set out to cause offence - blaming his use of controversial language on his Irish Catholic parents.
He explains, "I also have a chapter called, 'We'd Hate You Even If You Weren't Black'. I don't believe in the power of words. My parents came from Ireland, where the c**t is literally a word your mother and father would use to describe the weather or the car: 'That c**ting car won't start!' And I come from a Catholic background where the nuns were always telling you, 'Don't do this, don't say this,' so any time anyone tells me I shouldn't say something, my reaction is, 'Why not?'"
Earlier this month (Oct08), Leary came under fire for making controversial comments about children with autism in the book, claiming the parents of autistic children use the brain disorder as an excuse for "laziness".