Eddie Redmayne: playing a trans character in The Danish Girl was ‘a mistake’ | Movies

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Fantastic beasts and where to find them Star Eddie Redmayne described his participation in the trans drama The Danish Girl as “a mistake”, adding that he “would not take it now”.

Talked to the Sunday Times, Redmayne agreed that the criticism he received for appearing in the film was justified, saying, “I made this film with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”

He added: “The bigger discussion about the frustrations surrounding the casting is because many people do not have a chair on the table. There needs to be a settlement, otherwise we will continue these debates.

The Danish girl, released in 2015, portrayed Redmayne as Lili Ilse Elvenes (AKA Lili Elbe), a painter and one of the first known recipients of the gender reassignment surgery in 1930. Elbe died in 1931, after her fourth surgery. The Danish girl received significant criticism at the time, both for Redmayne’s portrait of the Elbe in the film – what trans writer Carol Grant described as “regressive, reductive and contributing[ing] to harmful stereotypes ”- and not to cast a trans actor in the lead role.

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl Photo: Agatha A Nitecka / AP

On its US release in November 2015, Redmayne defended his casting by saying: “I hope – as an actor one hopes – that one should play anyone Sort of part when playing it with a sense of integrity and responsibility. At the Venice Film Festival 2015, where The Danish Girl got its world premiere, the film director Tom Hooper recognized the film industry had a “problem” with trans characters and actors, and that according to the transaction community included the film “40 or 50 trans-supporting artists”, adding: “I’m glad we achieved what we did. have done., but I’m sure there’s more to do.

June 2020, Redmayne publicly disagrees with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts author JK Rowling after their controversial statement on trans and women’s rights, saying, “I do not agree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid. He said later he was alerted by the “vitriol” directed at Rowling and that the reaction on social media was “absolutely disgusting”.

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