Eddie Redmayne received critical praise and an Oscar nomination for portraying transgender artist Lili Elbe, but admits it’s a role he now regrets.
Elbe’s life story hit the big screen in 2015’s “The Danish Girl,” directed by Tom Hooper. This artist, who was a specialist in landscape painting, was among the first to receive gender confirmation surgery.
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Though “The Danish Girl” received mostly positive reviews, it drew criticismRedmayne’s casting as transgender women was a controversial decision by LGBTQ rights advocates. Redmayne, a cisgender actor, was interviewed in a new interview with The Sunday Times, Redmayne shared his feelings about “The Danish Girl” in hindsight, and said he’d pass on the project if it were offered to him today.
“No, I wouldn’t take it on now,” he explained. “I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”
Later, Redmayne acknowledged that “The Danish Girl” came to fruition only after a bankable star like himself signed on for the project. Redmayne then stated that there must be more done to reduce the power inequalities behind-the scenes that prevent trans actors being considered for these roles.
“The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting…