‘I think it was a mistake’

Eddie Redmayne says he would no longer accept the lead role of a transwoman The Danish Girl if it is offered now. (Image: REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Eddie Redmayne received critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his performance as painter Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery, in 2015 The Danish girl. But the casting of the cisgender, straight actor as a trans woman has also sparked criticism, and in a… new interview with the Sunday Times, he says he wouldn’t take the part if it were offered to him today.

“No, I wouldn’t take it on now,” the British star told the British publication. “I made that film with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”

When it’s noted that Redmayne’s then-recent Oscar win – he took home best actor after playing Stephen Hawking in 2014’s The theory of everything – probably helped make the film’s script finally after years of stagnation, he responded with a call for a “levelling” so that more diverse voices can be represented and have the power to tell their stories.

“The bigger discussion about the frustrations surrounding casting is that a lot of people don’t have a seat at the table,” Redmayne said. “There has to be a leveling up or we will continue to have these debates.”

Redmayne With Co-Star Alicia Vikander At The Premiere Of The Danish Girl.  (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Redmayne with co-star Alicia Vikander at the premiere of The Danish Girl. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Still, he’s opening up audiences with an open mind when it comes to his next role, that of the flamboyant Emcee in a new London production of Cabaret. The role has often — but not always — been played by actors who identify as LGBTQ, including Alan Cumming and Joel Gray, who won an Oscar for his performance in the 1972 film adaptation, which was released more than 40 years before coming out publicly. sexuality spoke .

“Of all the characters I’ve ever read, this one defies the box,” Redmayne says of taking on the role. “I would like to ask people to come and see it before making a judgment.”

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