Eddie Redmayne ‘would not’ take trans ‘Danish Girl’ function now: ‘I feel it was a mistake’

Eddie Redmayne says he would no longer accept the lead role of a trans woman in The Danish Girl if offered now. (Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Eddie Redmayne says he would now not settle for the lead function of a trans lady in The Danish Girl if provided now. (Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Eddie Redmayne received crucial acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his efficiency as painter Lili Elbe, one of many first recipients of gender reassignment surgical procedure, in 2015’s The Danish Girl. But the cisgender, straight actor’s casting as a trans lady has additionally sparked criticism, and in a new interview with the Sunday Times, he says he would not take the function if provided it in the present day. 

“No, I wouldn’t take it on now,” the British star instructed the U.Ok. publication. “I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake.” 

When it’s noted that Redmayne’s then-recent Oscar win — he took home Best Actor after playing Stephen Hawking in 2014’s The Theory of Everything — likely helped the film’s script at last get made after years of stagnancy, he responded with a call for a “leveling” in order that extra various voices will be represented and have the ability to inform their tales.

“The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table,” Redmayne said. “There must be a leveling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”

Redmayne with co-star Alicia Vikander at the premiere of The Danish Girl. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Still, he opens audiences keep an open mind when it comes to his next role, that of the flamboyant Emcee in a new London production of Cabaret. The role has frequently — though not always — been played by actors who identify as LGBTQ, including Alan Cumming and Joel Grey, who won an Oscar for his performance in the 1972 film adaptation, released more than 40 years before he spoke publicly about his sexuality. 

“Of all of the characters I’ve ever learn, this one defies pigeonholing,” Redmayne says of taking on the role. “I’d ask folks to return and see it earlier than casting judgment.”