Eddie Redmayne Says He Regrets Playing Trans Character In The Danish Girl
On 24th November 2021
Eddie Redmayne who also stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has said that he regrets taking on the role of a trans character in the Danish Girl saying that he would much rather have given the spot to someone who had lived the experience.
Eddie Redmayne, star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Theory of Everything has said in an interview that he regrets taking on the role of a transgender woman in the movie The Danish Girl.
He says that while he took on the role with the best of intentions back in 2015 when he was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role, he has grown in his understanding since then.
He says that the biggest problem with representation in media is the fact that most often those being represented do not have a seat at the table.
The Danish Girl which is about Lili Elbe, one of the first women to undergo Gender Reaffirmation Surgery, focuses on her real-life experiences.
Redmayne has since been criticised for taking on the role and believes the same in hindsight.
The 39-year-old said in an interview, "No, 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 levelling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates."
These comments come at the same time as criticism for his taking on the role of Emcee in a Cabaret production. Emcee is a role typically taken on by LGBT+ performers.
He has defended his choice saying, "Of all the characters I've ever read, this one defies pigeonholing. I would ask people to come and see it before casting judgment."
Jessie Buckley who is in the same production says, "This is the most diverse company I have ever worked in
"On the first day everyone introduced themselves and said their pronouns, he, she, they... and it was lovely to be part of that conversation.”
"Our Kit Kat Club welcomes everyone, whoever you are."
Redmayne further elaborated on the character saying, "I see him as a survivor who can shape-shift himself out of every situation.
"There are elements of Karl Valentin [the Charlie Chaplin of Weimar Germany] and there is this extraordinary maître d' at the Sunset Towers in Los Angeles called Dimitri. I've put a bit of him into the mix."
Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether this growth is truly reflected in real-world action and whether the Cabaret role would be a step backwards after his admission of guilt.