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.

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.

Eddie Redmayne in the 2015 premier of “The Danish Girl.”
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“The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table,” he said. “There must be a leveling. Otherwise, we are going to carry on having these debates.”

Casting straight actors and transgender people in LGBTQ roles is a topic of debate has intensifiedHollywood is a household name in the recent past slowly embracesQueer representations in film and television.

Darren Criss, who rose to fame as a gay teen on “Glee” and nabbed an Emmy for his portrayal of gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” recently pledgedIn an effort to allow for LGBTQ actors, it is not possible to portray queer characters any more. Halle Berry was last year dropped out of a filmShe would have played transgender characters in the role she was casting after her announcement. drew backlash.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped straight and cisgender actors from continuing to take on LGBTQ roles, often to mixed results.

James Corden’s portrayal of a gay, out-of-work Broadway actor in last year’s Netflix musical “The Prom” drew widespread scornFrom LGBTQ critics and fans alike. Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson called the performance “appalling and terminally bland,” adding, “No more straight actors playing gay men until the sins of ‘The Prom’ are properly atoned for.”

Source: HuffPost.com.

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