After facing backlash and criticisms, ‘The Theory Of Everything’ actor says in a new interview that he ‘wouldn’t take’ his transgender role Lili Elbe in the 2015 biopic now.
AceShowbiz –Eddie Redmayne is reflecting on his role in “The Danish Girl“. In a new interview, “The Theory Of Everything” actor called his transgender role in the 2015 movie “a mistake” after he faced criticisms.
During the interview with The Sunday Times, the Academy Award winner said he “wouldn’t take it on now” after he was criticized for the biopic, in which he plays Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender confirmation surgery. “I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake,” the 39-year-old actor said of the role that earned him an Oscar nomination.
Eddie also shared that he prepared for his part by meeting with transgender women of all ages. “The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table,” he told the publication. “There must be a leveling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”
Recently, Eddie’s co-star Alicia Vikander commented on the controversy. “I totally understand the criticism that has been out there, because we need to make change and we need to make sure that trans men and women actually get a foot in and get work,” the 33-year-old said during an interview with Insider in August. She added that Eddie did “a wonderful job” in his portrayal.
Eddie himself previously defended his role in “The Danish Girl”. The actor said shortly after the film was released, “I hope there’s a day when there are more trans actors and trans actresses playing trans parts, but also cisgender parts. And I hope, as an actor one hopes, that one should be able to play any sort of part if one plays it with a sense of integrity and responsibility.”
However, trans writer Jen Richards said in the Netflix documentary “Disclosure” that cis men playing trans women will distort what it means to be trans. “Having cis men play trans women, in my mind, is a direct link to the violence against trans women,” she said.
“And in my mind, part of the reason that men end up killing, out of fear that other men will think that they’re gay for having been with trans women, is that the friends — the men whose judgment they fear of — only know trans women from media, and the people playing trans women are the men that they know,” Jen argued. “This doesn’t happen when a trans woman plays a trans woman.”
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