The concern of being typecast is one that every actor faces at some point in their career. If they become too associated to one character or character type, then chances are that’s all they will play.
Example: Try and picture Kiefer Sutherland as anything else now that he’s done 24 for so long. Pretty difficult, right?
But, this is even more of a concern for LGBT actors, who often fear being typecast after they come out to the public. Now, Ellen Page has spoken out to Elle magazine about this.
In the interview, she said: “Zachary Quinto is out, and he stars in one of the biggest blockbuster franchises. I have four projects coming up – all gay roles. People ask if I’m concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks: ‘Ellen, you’ve done seven straight roles in a row – shouldn’t you shake it up and do something queer?'”
“There’s still that double standard. I look at all the things I’ve done in movies: I’ve drugged a guy, tortured someone, become a roller-derby star overnight. But now I’m gay, I can’t play a straight person?”
Ellen is hardly the first person to express this opinion, and her comments echo one made by Sir Ian McKellen recently, who accused Hollywood of “disregarding” gay actors: “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar. I wonder if that is prejudice or chance. My speech has been in two jackets, ‘I’m proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.’ I’ve had to put it back in my pocket twice.”
Do you think there is an issue with typecasting gay or lesbian actors? There are definitely some exceptions to the rule (such as Zachary Quinto) but there are plenty of actors who have found themselves in this situation after coming out.