Role as trans woman in “The Danish Girl” was a “mistake”
Eddie Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for the drama “The Danish Girl” about the painter and trans woman Lili Elbe. Nevertheless, in retrospect, he describes his role as a “mistake”.
In 2015, actor Eddie Redmayne, 39, slipped into the role of the Danish painter and trans woman Lili Elbe (lived from 1882 to 1931) in the drama “The Danish Girl”. In 1930/31 she was one of the first trans people to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Redmayne, who recently appeared for his performance as Stephen Hawking. † 76, won an Oscar, also received a nomination for “Best Actor” at the Academy Awards for “The Danish Girl”. And yet he still struggles to have accepted the role, as he now revealed in an interview with the “Sunday Times”.
Eddie Redmayne sees his role in “The Danish Girl” as a “mistake”
He accepted the demanding role “with the best of intentions”, but has now come to the conclusion that it “was a mistake”. With his current knowledge of the way minorities are still treated in the film industry, “would [er] no longer accept the role, “asserts Redmayne.
Eddie Redmayne’s cast has been criticized by activists who said they should have chosen a trans person to perform. “The big discussion about the frustration in casting is because a lot of people have no say. It has to be rebalanced, otherwise we will have these debates forever,” explains Redmayne in retrospect.
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When the film was released in 2015, director Tom Hooper, 49, and Eddie Redmayne were facing criticism. At that time, the Oscar winner was still defending his commitment. In 2020 he spoke up again in the trans debate, initiated by “Harry Potter” author Joanne K. Rowling, 56, to speak again.
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Redmayne firmly contradicted her comments, criticized as transphobic: “Trans women are women and trans men are men” – there could be no two opinions on this.
Source used: thetimes.co.uk