Hollywood's most controversial movie castings

Eddie Redmayne expresses regret for playing trans character in 'The Danish Girl'

Stars Insider

30/04/22 | StarsInsider

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Hollywood has come a long way, but it still has a long road ahead towards equality and inclusiveness. Casting choices are a particular sore spot, as white actors are cast as people of color, able-bodied actors are cast as disabled characters, and cisgender actors are cast in transgender roles⁠—putting marginalized actors out of work. Even films aiming to show an underrepresented community stumble with issues like colorism—prejudice or discrimination against darker skin tones within the same racial group.

British actor Eddie Redmayne starred as the transgender artist Lili Elbe in the 2015 film 'The Danish Girl.' Conversations around such casting choices have evolved in a major way since then, and Redmayne now says he regrets taking on the role. “No, I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake,” he told The Times of London. 

Click through to check out some of the most controversial movie castings in Hollywood's recent history. 

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