Eddie Redmayne on the Set of “The Danish Girl”

Posted on March 06, 2015

We wonder if Eddie will ever star in a film about a person who wears clothing that fits properly?

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Then again, why would he? After all, he’s the best dispenser of Gawky Chic since Pee Wee Herman. Besides, we would imagine that in this case – as in the case with his portrayal of Steven Hawking, which didn’t exactly allow for a lot of bespoke suiting – the ill-fitting clothes are a big part of the character, who really doesn’t want to be wearing a suit:

 

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There’s been a lot of talk – in light of this casting, Jeffrey Tambor’s role on Transparent, and going back to when Jared Leto won his Oscar – of the legitimacy or correctness of cisgender actors playing transgender characters. First, we’re not among the people whose opinions matter most in this instance and second, we’re in complete agreement that Hollywood needs to employ more transgender actors. But we do have a couple questions or points for discussion.

If a transgender person’s struggle is to convince the world of their true gender; to move past the binary definitions of society and its views on how each gender is supposed to look and act – or even if one can or should make those distinctions at all – how is a cisgender actor at a disadvantage in playing the role? An actor’s job is to find the emotional truth of a character and get it across to an audience. The stories of transgender people – and by that we mean, stories specifically about the struggles of transgender characters for acceptance and piece of mind – are ALL ABOUT finding their emotional truths and convincing themselves and the world of the rightness of their minds and the limits of assuming bodies are the final indicator of gender, no?

 

 

[Photo Credit: FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Universal Pictures]

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