Eddie Redmayne is reflecting on his role in “The Danish Girl,” where he portrays transgender woman Lily Elbe, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery.
The actor “won’t take it now,” he told the Times in an interview published Sunday. “I made that film with good intentions, but I think it’s wrong.”
The 2015 film follows Elbe’s transition from artist Einar Wegener and its impact on his wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander).
Redman’s performance as a cisgender earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and the film was highly praised, but over time he was criticized for not playing the trans actor.
Redman told the Times: “The big debate about casting frustrations is that many people don’t have a chair at the table.” “There must be leveling. Otherwise we will have these discussions.”
Redmayne is set to play the role of Emcee in the new production of “Cabaret,” a role mostly played by LGBT actors, which he intended to interview in the Times. “Of all the characters I’ve read, this is dove back. I ask people to come and see it before the verdict,” he said.
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Vikander reflected on her role in “The Danish Girl,” and she understands the setback of the role of Redman.
“We need to make a change and we need to make sure trans men and women actually get a foot in and get a job,” Vikander told The Insider in August.
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Representation of the LGBTQ community has been a hot topic of debate in Hollywood.
Selena Gomez, who famously dated Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas, signed on to play lesbian mountaineer Sylvia Vasquez-Lovado. Cisgender actress Halle Berry is considering taking on an undisclosed male transgender role last summer.
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In previous years, “Call Me By Your Name” featured live actors Timothy Chalamet and Army Hammer as lovers on screen. Cisgender actor Jeffrey Tambor stars as a transgender woman in the movie “Transparent.” Live actor Nick Robinson channeled a young gay man struggling with his identity in “Love, Simon.”
But recently, actors and industry experts have been talking about the need for queer and transgender actors in roles that represent these communities.
“It would be nice if there were a lot of LGBT roles anyone could play because there was no lack of representation,” said Jane Ward, a professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California at Riverside. “However, that is not so.”
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Contribution: David Oliver