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Piers Morgan hits out at Eddie Redmayne for saying trans role was a ‘mistake’: ‘Can only real mobsters play mobsters?’


Piers doesn’t agree with Eddie (Picture :UNIVERSAL PICTURES/REX)

Piers Morgan has hit out at Eddie Redmayne for calling his performance as a transgender woman in The Danish Girl ‘a mistake’.

Redmayne played Lili Elbe, one of the first known people to undergo gender affirmation surgery, in Tom Hooper’s 2015 drama, and was nominated for the best actor Oscar for the role.

However, five years on, the actor has suggested that he would not play Elbe now, saying it was a ‘mistake’.

However, Morgan isn’t impressed with Redmayne’s feelings about his own work.

Sharing an article about Redmayne’s comments, the former Good Morning Britain host tweeted: ‘No, the mistake is saying it’s a mistake for an actor to act. What next – only real Mafia mobsters can play Mafia mobsters?’

While some agreed with Morgan, saying that all actors should be able to play any character, others pointed out why transgender roles should be played by trans actors.

One person tweeted: ‘There are already limited roles for certain communities. In the rare case they are being represented in media it makes sense to hire them to play the part.’

Nicky Clark wrote: ‘The problem is representation. As in non disabled actors playing disabled (notably not something he thinks mistaken) I’m not saying it shouldn’t happen but I am saying not being included in the casting process ensures representation doesn’t happen.’

Actor James Moore added: ‘I think they’re usually referring to immutable characteristics. Is being in the mafia an immutable characteristic? I am a disabled actor and there’s limited opportunity for me and actors like me as it is. Silly comments like this make it harder.’

In an interview with The Times, Redmayne said of his role in The Danish Girl: ‘I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake.

Eddie wouldn’t accept the role now (Picture: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

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

In recent years, there has been increased debate on whether cisgender actors should play trans characters, or whether straight actors should be cast in gay roles.

In 2018, Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the film Rub & Tug after major backlash to her being cast as Dante ‘Tex ‘Gill, a transgender man.

Prior to her dropping out, Johansson’s rep displaced the outrage to other cis actors who had played trans characters, saying: ‘Tell them they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment’, while the actress told As If: ‘You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.’

The Marvel star later admitted she ‘mishandled’ the situation, telling Vanity Fair: ‘I wasn’t totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing—and how they felt in general about cis actors playing—transgender people. I wasn’t aware of that conversation—I was uneducated. So I learned a lot through that process.’

On the flipside, shows like Pose have been praised for their inclusive and diverse casts, with trans actors and actresses playing the transgender characters on the Ryan Murphy series.


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