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Playing a transgender character in “The Danish Girl” was a “mistake”

Actor Eddie Redmayne regretted his Oscar nominated role in Danish girl, saying playing a transgender character was a “mistake”.

Eddie Redmayne was acclaimed for playing artist Lili Elbe – a Dane who underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a woman – in the 2015 film. But he said in a recent interview with Britain Sunday Times that he wouldn’t accept the role today.

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

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Redmayne said transgender actors deserve to be seen as trans characters.

“The most important discussions about casting frustrations are due to the fact that a lot of people don’t have a chair at the table,” he added. “There has to be a leveling, otherwise we’re going to continue having these debates. “

Eddie Redmayne stars in The Danish Girl. (Agatha A. Nitecka / © Focus Features)

Redmayne’s renunciation of Danish girl comes amid growing pressure from awakened left activists to adopt a so-called “genuine” cast in Hollywood that would force actors to play only roles that match their real identities.

Actor Javier Bardem has been criticized for playing Desi Arnaz in the upcoming film Being the Ricardos, with activists and journalists awake wondering why a Spanish actor is playing the role of a Cuban. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin recently dismissed criticism, saying there was nothing inappropriate about Bardem’s casting.

Redmayne himself defended his role in Danish girl while promoting the film upon its release.

“I hope – as an actor we hope – that we should be able to play all sort of if you play it with a sense of integrity and responsibility, ”the actor told Indiewire in 2015, adding that his first professional job was to play the female heroine Viola in Shakespeare. Twelfth Night.

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