Eddie Redmayne says playing trans woman in “The Danish Girl” was “a mistake”

Eddie Redmayne says he regrets portraying a transgender woman in the 2015 film “The Danish Girl,” calling the decision to do so a “mistake.”

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the British actor spoke about his critically acclaimed portrayal of painter Lili Elbe, one of the first to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

“No, I wouldn’t accept it now,” he told the newspaper. “I made this film with the best of intentions but I think it was a mistake.”

As a cisgender actor, Redmayne’s casting drew a reaction from the LGBTQ + community and its allies who believed the role should have been played by a transgender actor.

The year before, Redmayne had won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor for playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. Her star power probably helped “The Danish Girl” take off after years of delay, but Redmayne now says there are better ways to bring various stories to the screen.

“The most important talk about casting frustrations is because a lot of people don’t have a chair at the table,” he said. “There has to be a leveling, otherwise we’re going to continue having these debates. “

Previously, Redmayne has defended the choice of casting. In an interview with IndieWire in 2015, the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star said, “I hope – as an actor, we hope – that we should be able to play. all sort of role if played with a sense of integrity and responsibility.

The actor will go on to play the emcee in the London revival of the 1972 musical “Cabaret”. PinkNews noted that although the character’s gender or sexuality was never explicitly labeled, Emcee often appears in drag and has been portrayed by queer actors in the past.

On that note, Redmayne told British Vogue that “I hope when people see the performance the interpretation will justify the casting.”

Her regrets for “The Danish Girl” certainly reflect changing cultural attitudes toward portrayals of LGBTQ + and disabled characters by heterosexual, cisgender, and non-disabled actors.

Jared Leto sparked backlash for his Oscar-winning portrayal of a trans person living with AIDS in “The Dallas Buyers Club” in 2014.

In 2018, Leto said, “I would probably pass” if offered his role in “The Dallas Buyers Club” now.

A few years later, Scarlett Johanssen apologized for agreeing to play a transgender man in the movie “Rub and Tug” before abandoning the project. At the time, one of his reps told Bustle that the criticisms “can be directed to reps for Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman for comment.” Tambor and Huffman were praised for portraying trans characters in “Transparent” and “Transamerica,” respectively.

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