Eddie Redmayne on playing rugby with Prince William in 2018
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Piers Morgan, 56, has slammed Eddie Redmayne, as the latter said he “wouldn’t” take on his role in 2015’s The Danish Girl if asked now. The Theory Of Everything actor played painter Lili Elbe in the film opposite Alicia Vikander.
In spite of criticism for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events, Redmayne and Vikander’s performances received widespread acclaim and nominations for all of the major acting awards.
The latter won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Redmayne was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, while the film received additional Oscar nominations for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
It was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.
However, Redmayne has now said it was a “mistake” to take on the role of the first known recipient of sex reassignment surgery.
He was criticised for taking on the role by those who believe that the part could have gone to a transgender actor instead of a cisgender man.
While Redmayne meant no offence, he would leave the role for someone else if he had his time again.
Speaking in an interview with The Times, the 39-year-old said: “No, I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”
He continued: “The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table.
“There must be a levelling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”
In response to his apology, former Good Morning Britain host Morgan typed today: “No, the mistake is saying it’s a mistake for an actor to act.
“What next – only real Mafia mobsters can play Mafia mobsters?”
In response, some fans noted there are only limited roles for the LGBTQI community onscreen.
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@harikannan154 wrote: “There are already limited roles for certain communities. In the rare case they are being represented in media it makes sense to hire them to play the part.”
TransAlly3 said: “@piersmorgan How many cis men act as a cis woman or vice versa in films unless they are comedies?”
@mikebcarlisle remarked: “But seems he was fine with the fact he played a disabled person in the theory of everything, why is that any different?”
@janemckay3920 replied: “The best actor for the job should take the role. By saying this he is saying that a trans person can only take trans roles. Roles should be given on merit.”
Redmayne is currently facing fresh controversy for taking the role of the Emcee in a production of Cabaret.
While the part is ambiguous, the role has often been played by LGBTQI performers in the past.
However, Redmayne explained: “Of all the characters I’ve ever read, this one defies pigeonholing.
“I would ask people to come and see it before casting judgement.”
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