Eddie Redmayne says playing a trans character in ‘The Danish Girl’ was a mistake

The “Fantastic Beasts” star, who is preparing for a new production of “Cabaret” in the West End, was speaking with the British publication Sunday Times.

“The Danish Girl”, directed by Tom Hooper, is inspired by the story of Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender change surgery.

Although Redmayne was nominated for a number of awards for her performance, her casting as Elbe generated complaints, with many critics arguing that the role should have gone to a trans actor.

She said, “What should have been a celebration of a very complex and compelling transgender figure is instead transmissive, and just generally misogynistic.”

In his interview with the Sunday Times, Redmayne said the criticisms were justified and admitted that while he had the best intentions, taking on the role was a “mistake” and that he would not accept it if offered it today.

“No, I wouldn’t now,” the 39-year-old star said, adding, “The biggest discussion about the frustrations around casting is because a lot of people don’t have a chair at the table. There has to be a leveling off, of it. On the contrary, we will continue to have these debates ”.

Redmayne can then be seen playing the emcee in “Cabaret,” alongside “Chernobyl” actress Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles.

Liza Minelli played Bowles and Joel Gray was cast as the sexually ambiguous Emcee in the 1972 film adaptation.

Redmayne asked those who might criticize his decision to take on a role often played by LGBT actors to suspend the trial.

“Of all the characters I’ve read, this one defies typecasting. I would ask people to come see it before passing judgment,” he said. “Cabaret” opens at the Playhouse Theater in London on December 12th.


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