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Luca Guadagnino on straight actors playing gay roles: ‘I don’t have the right to decide whether an actor is straight or not’


Call Me By Your name, directed by Luca Guadagnino [right], was nominated for three Oscars in 2018 (Picture: Rex)

Luca Guadagnino, the director behind Oscar-winning movie Call Me By Your Name, has addressed the debate around casting straight actors in gay roles.

CMBYN, which starred Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, came out in 2017.

The following year, it won the best adapted screenplay Oscar.

Asked by The Independent if it ‘appropriate’ to cast straight actors in gay roles, Guadagnino replied: ‘I read too much Freud to be taking seriously these kind of critics.

‘Meaning that I honestly don’t believe I have the right to decide whether an actor is straight or not. Who am I to know what somebody is thinking of himself or herself within themselves.

Luca Guadagnino is known for directing movies like A Bigger Splash and Suspiria (Picture: PA)
Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name (Picture: Sony Pictures)

‘Yes, Armie is a straight man with a wife and children and the same can be said of Timothée. But do I ask them to swear on their sexuality, on their identities, on their desires, before I cast them? I don’t!’

Guadagnino is known for directing films like A Bigger Splash, Suspiria and I Am Love. He is also directing the upcoming TV show We Are Who We Are, starring It actor Jack Dylan Grazer.

What’s more, Guadagnino has spoken of wanting to do a sequel to CMBYN.

He told the Hollywood Reporter in 2018: ‘In my opinion, Call Me can be the first chapter of the chronicles of the life of these people that we met in this movie, and if the first one is a story of coming of age and becoming a young man, maybe the next chapter will be, what is the position of the young man in the world, what does he want — and what is left a few years later of such an emotional punch that made him who he is?’

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