Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them star Eddie Redmayne has described his participation in the trans drama The Danish Girl as “a mistake”, adding that he “wouldn’t do it now.”
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Redmayne agreed that the criticism he received for appearing in the film was justified, saying: “I made that film with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”
He added: “The biggest discussion about the frustrations around casting is because a lot of people don’t have a chair at the table. There must be a leveling, otherwise we will continue to have these debates.
The Danish Girl, released in 2015, starring Redmayne as Lili Ilse Elvenes (also known as Lili Elbe), a painter and one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery in 1930. Elbe died in 1931, after her fourth operation. . The Danish girl received considerable criticism at the time, both for Redmayne’s portrayal of Elbe in the film, which trans writer Carol Grant described as “regressive, reductive, and contributing.”[ing] harmful stereotypes, ”and for not casting a trans actor in the lead role.
At his US release in November 2015, Redmayne defended his casting saying, “I hope, as one expects an actor, that one can play some kind of a role if you play it with a sense of integrity and responsibility. “At the 2015 Venice film festival, where The Danish Girl received its world premiere, the film’s director, Tom Hooper, acknowledged that the film industry he had a “problem” with trans characters and actors, and that after reaching out to the trans actor communities, the film had included “40 or 50 trans supporting artists,” adding: “I’m glad we accomplished what we did, but I’m sure there is more to do. “
In June 2020, Redmayne publicly disagreed with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts author JK Rowling after her controversial statement on the rights of women and trans women, saying, “I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid. “He later said he was alarmed by the” vitriol “directed at Rowling and that the reaction from social media was” absolutely disgusting. “