Actors who apologized for roles they played
Sarah Paulson admits "regret" after wearing controversial fat suit to play Linda Tripp on 'Impeachment: American Crime Story'
In recent years, the general population has become more and more aware of the whitewashing that goes on in Hollywood. White actors are cast to play non-white characters, straight actors are cast in gay roles, and cisgender actors often get to portray the few trans characters we see on our screens. Awareness and unease has been rising for a long time, but the outrage has reached a fever pitch as of late. Many actors are now looking back at their careers and seeing how their choices took opportunities away from those whose voices have long been silenced, and took representation away from those who desperately need it.
Even their recent choices are causing a stir. Sarah Paulson received backlash for wearing 4.5 lbs of padding to play Linda Tripp, the real-life whistleblower in the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, in the upcoming FX series 'Impeachment: American Crime Story.' Critics said it was another example of Hollywood refusing to offer more opportunities to plus-size actors.
Paulson, who also gained 30 lbs for the role, spoke to the Los Angeles Times and said, "There's a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is a legitimate one. I think fat phobia is real. I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm. And it is a very important conversation to be had. But that entire responsibility, I don't think, falls on the actor for choosing to do something that is arguably—and I'm talking about from the inside out—the challenge of a lifetime."
Paulson explained that to assume an actor's biggest contribution to a role is "their physical self" would be a "real reduction of the offering" that an actor makes. Still, she admitted, "The thing I think about the most is that I regret not thinking about it more fully," adding that she was in a privileged place to be able to think and reflect on the choices she made "having already gotten to do it, and having had an opportunity that someone else didn't have." She continued, "You can only learn what you learn when you learn it. Should I have known? Abso-f—ing-lutely. But I do now. And I wouldn't make the same choice going forward."
It's hard to turn a blind eye anymore, and actor apologies are at an all-time high as we grow as a society. Some actors are even apologizing simply because their movies sucked! Click through this gallery to see which roles led actors to make public apologies.
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