Why won't Hollywood cast Halle Berry anymore
Halle Berry had received an Oscar in 2002 for her role in "Monster's Ball" (Image: celebrityabc / Flickr)
Actress Halle Berry said on Monday evening (local time) on Twitter that she was no longer considering taking on the role of a trans man in a new film. The 53-year-old apologized for speaking on a live Instagram video over the weekend about wanting to take on such a role.
Specifically, the American, who grew up in Ohio, told interviewer Christin Brown that she was interested in a role about "a woman who turns into a man". She didn't say what film project it was. She was then heavily criticized in social networks.
Berry's reaction to the criticism on Twitter was very insightful: "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I shouldn't have considered this role and that the transgender community should be given the opportunity to tell their own stories," said Berry. She is grateful for "critical discussions" and will continue to listen and learn from her mistakes. Berry also assured to be an ally of the trans community and to work for a better visibility of trans people.
The LGBTI organization GLAAD praised via Twitter that Berry "listened to the concerns of trans people and learned from them".
Change in acceptance of cissexuals in trans roles
A few years ago, cissex actors were still highly praised for their portrayal of trans characters. Examples are Felicity Huffman in "Transamerica" or Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club". Trans activists asked Hollywood to show more authenticity in these roles and to cast them with trans actors (queer.de reported).
In 2018, for example, superstar Scarlett Johnansson got a shit storm because she wanted to take on the role of a trans man in the film "Rub & Tug" (queer.de reported). The currently highest paid actress in the world then gave up the role. The film has therefore not yet been shot. Last year, the now 35-year-old declared that she regretted reacting so defiantly to criticism from the trans community (queer.de reported). (dk)
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