“A lot of people don’t have chairs at the dinner table,” Redmayne said of the problem with the casting process.
Eddie Redmayne told Sunday Times that he won’t be starring in “Danish girl“If period dramas were made today. Film directed and co-starred by Tom Hooper Alicia Vikander, Redmayne stars as the painter Lili Elbe, a transgender woman who is one of the early adopters of sex reassignment surgery. Redmayne’s performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Despite the awards’ attention, Redmayne’s casting was criticized for not casting a transgender actor as Elbe.
“No, I won’t continue it now,” said Redmayne. “I made that movie with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake… The larger discussion of frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table. There needs to be a leveling, otherwise we will continue to have these debates. “
Vikander, whose performance in “Danish Girl” won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, says Insiders in August, she understood the criticism against the film about Redmayne’s casting. She calls the backlash “a learning experience,” though she maintains that “Eddie did a great job in the role.”
“I completely understand the criticism that is coming, because we need to change and we need to make sure that transgender men and women actually have the opportunity to participate and work,” Vikander said. “My only concern is that we may eventually need to get to the point where we have transgender women and men playing cis characters. Because that’s the main thing, you know? ”
Redmayne himself settled the controversy before the film hit theaters in 2015 in an interview with IndieWire, said, “It was a hugely important discussion. And I think it also represents a lot of discrimination against transgender people in the workplace in general. I think there have been many successful years of transgender people thanks to transgender stories… Many transgender people worked on the film… a transgender actress Rebecca Root plays a transgender nurse in the film. ”
“For me, I hope one day there will be more transgender actors and actresses playing transgender, but also transgender roles,” added Redmayne. “And I hope – as an actor, one hopes – that one will be able to play any kind of role if one plays it with integrity and responsibility.”
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