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Eddie Redmayne says trans role in ‘The Danish Girl’ was ‘a mistake’

Eddie Redmayne counts his 2015 Oscar-nominated role because the Danish transgender artist Lili Elbe amongst his skilled regrets, the actor mentioned throughout a current interview.

The biopic “The Danish Girl” informed the true story of one of many first individuals in historical past to have gender reassignment surgical procedure.

The Tom Hooper-directed movie starring Redmayne — in addition to Alicia Vikander because the artist’s spouse, Gerda Wegener, a role that earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress — drew criticism from the LGBTQ neighborhood and its allies for not casting a trans actor to play the role.

When requested his emotions in regards to the movie in hindsight, the 39-year-old British actor informed The Sunday Times, “No, I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”

“The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table. There must be a leveling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates,” he defined.

Eddie Redmayne as trans artist Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl"
Eddie Redmayne performed the Danish artist often known as Lili Elbe, who grew to become one of many first trans girls to endure gender affirmation surgical procedure.
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Redmayne was however lauded for his efficiency in “The Danish Girl” and had known as it “a great privilege to play” the trailblazing trans artist, IndieWire reported in 2015. One manner he ready for the role was by consulting with Matrix director Lana Wachowski, who got here out as trans in 2010.

Eddie Redmayne as trans artist Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl"
Costar Alicia Vikander received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2016 for her role reverse Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.”
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Redmayne mentioned his present gig as The Emcee in “Cabaret,” alongside 31-year-old Irish actress Jessie Buckley (“Fargo”), at London’s Playhouse Theatre is completely different.

Eddie Redmayne as trans artist Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl"
Eddie Redmayne was nominated for Best Actor in “The Danish Girl” the yr after he took house the identical statuette for 2014’s “The Theory of Everything.”
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“Of all the characters I’ve ever read, this one defies pigeonholing,” he claimed of the grasp of ceremonies character, who is thought to carry out in drag. Queer actors have usually performed the half in the previous.

“I would ask people to come and see it before casting judgment,” he implored readers.

Eddie Redmayne as trans artist Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl"
Artist Lili Elbe, born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener, died on the age of 48 in 1931 on account of problems associated to a uterine transplant try.
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Eddie Redmayne
Wizarding World actor Eddie Redmayne distanced himself from creator J.Ok. Rowlings trans controversies in 2020.
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Redmayne snagged his first Best Actor statuette the yr prior for his bodily demanding and emotional role because the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who lived with the debilitating Lou Gehrig’s illness for greater than 50 years till his 2018 loss of life at age 76.

The wizarding world actor returns in “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” the third installment from the “Harry Potter” spinoff franchise, in the spring of 2022.

For her half, creator J.Ok. Rowling has not too long ago been criticized by followers and activists for her feedback, in addition to fictional characters, which have been characterised as anti-trans.

Last yr, Redmayne responded by distancing himself from Rowling in a statement to Variety, saying, “I disagree with Jo’s feedback.

“Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid … They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”

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