Actor Eddie Redmayne regrets transgender role: "Would he...

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Actor Eddie Redmayne (39) regrets playing a transgender woman in the 2015 film The Danish Girl. The British actor would never take on such a role again, he says in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“No, I wouldn’t do it now. I made that film with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake,” said Redmayne, who was criticized by the LGBTQI+ community at the time the film was released. Many people felt that the role of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to ever undergo gender reassignment, should have been played by a transgender actor.

According to Redmayne – who plays one of the lead roles in the Fantastic Beasts film series – there is only one solution to avoid such criticism in the future: people from the LGBTQI+ world should be given more influence in the casting process. “Otherwise we will continue to have these discussions,” said the actor.

Integrity

In 2015, Redmayne still defended the casting choice. “As an actor, you hope you can play any part as long as you play it with a sense of integrity and responsibility,” Indiewire said. Film critics were also pleased with how Redmayne took up the role. It earned him numerous nominations for, among others, an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

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