Eddie Redmayne: "I did 'The Danish Girl' with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake"
Eddie Redmayne got a nomination for Oscar for his interpretation of Lili elbe in "The Danish girl«, A film based on the life of the first transsexual woman who underwent sex reassignment surgery. In an interview with The Sunday Times Redmayne has acknowledged that he regrets having accepted that role, since Elbe it should have been played by an actress from the trans community.
«Now I wouldn't. I made that movie with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake. There is a very wide debate about the frustrations that come with the casting process, and this happens because there are many people who do not have a chair at the table. There should be a balance, otherwise we will continue to have these discussions«Acknowledges the actor.
Back then, many activists protested the choice of a cis man and not a trans woman for the role of Lili elbe, one of the first transsexual women in history. But the protests remained within the community LGTBIQ +. Six years later Redmayne has recognized that having accepted the role «It was a mistake«. The winner of an Oscar for «The theory of everything»Touches on one of the key points of trans activism: only the real and naturalized presence of interpreters belonging to the collective (either they, them or 'them') can end the controversy
«As someone who has worked so hard with JK Rowling as with members of the trans community, I wanted to make absolutely clear what my position is", wrote Redmayne: "I disagree with Jo's comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary identities are valid. I would never want to speak on behalf of the community, but I know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They just want to live their lives in peace, and it's time to let them do it.«.