Do you remember Tom Hooper’s film released in 2015 telling the story of Einar Wegener who became the second transgender person in history? It had huge success both at the box office and among the critics, so why would its lead actor regret playing the role?
According to a recent interview Eddie Redmayne released at the New York Times while promoting the new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ chapter, he openly declared that going back he would have refused the part. Apparently, at the time there were many controversies about the fact that they chose a straight actor to play the role instead of assigning to a transgender one. However, at the time, the director Tom Hooper said that as soon as he decided to do the film, he thought of Redmayne to play the lead because of some feminine traits he has.
The British actor gained an Oscar nominee for ‘The Danish Girl’ the year after having won with his majestic performance as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. However, he admitted that “I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake [...] The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table. There must be a leveling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”