Eddie Redmayne is not the type of movie star whose electricity courses through you the second he walks into a room — or, in this case, the intimate courtyard of a downtown Manhattan hotel on an unseasonably warm fall day. The space is appointed in Edwardian-inspired burgundy and beige decor, a blend of patchwork-upholstered couches and floral plush chairs. We move to a couch overstuffed with pillows, which Redmayne clears away so the two of us can talk over morning coffee. I lean forward to take a closer look at those eyes, which he deployed to great effect when playing a transgender woman in his upcoming movie The Danish Girl , a David Ebershoff novel adapted by Lucinda Coxon and directed by Tom Hooper, who directed Redmayne in Les Mis.
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Subscriber Account active since. Most queer roles in cinema have gone to straight actors. All six performers were Oscar-nominated for their portrayals. Indeed, while most delivered exquisite performances Blanchett and Ledger in particular , there has also been criticism towards straight and cis actors taking roles that some believe should have gone to queer actors. Redmayne's performance, in particular, was criticized.
The Danish Girl: Eddie Redmayne defends casting as trans artist Lili Elbe after backlash
So when the movie version dropped on Netflix in December , I watched it immediately. I was glad to see it followed the musical's original plot about four Broadway stars who venture to a small town to help a lesbian student bring her girlfriend to prom. But there was one aspect I could not get past: James Corden.
Eddie Redmayne scored the lead role in The Danish Girl thanks to his "certain gender fluidity", director Tom Hooper has revealed. The Oscar-winning actor will play transgender artist Lili Elbe, who rose to fame after undergoing one of the world's first gender reassignment surgeries in the Twenties. Redmayne's casting has been criticised by trans activists , some of whom argue that despite his talent, trans roles should be given to trans actors to make use of their deeper understanding of the community and provide them with opportunities in the industry. But Hooper has defended Redmayne, who married publicist Hannah Bagshawe earlier this year, insisting that he was the only actor he considered for the challenging part.