The controversy over Matt Bomer being cast for a role as a transgender woman has exploded since the reveal, with many being heavily critical of the move.
The executive producer of the upcoming film Anything, Mark Ruffalo, has responded to the controversy of casting yet another cisgender actor for a trans role. Matt Bomer will join people such as Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).
The transgender and overall LGBT community has been very critical of the pattern to cast cisgender actors in transgender roles, and you can see some of the comments they made below.
Mya Byrne, a trans musician and poet, said: “There are many qualified trans actors and writers who could have played in and advised on the construction of the scenes you’re about to edit into a motion picture. They will lose more work because of this. We know you have good intentions. But those intentions have far-reaching after-effects that you, as cis men, don’t experience.”
Now Ruffalo has addressed the backlash to the casting on Twitter, claiming to be hear the complaints loud and clear.
“To the Trans community, I hear you. It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It’s time.”
Naturally, many people were asking why Bomer had been chosen to play the role of a transgender sex worker. Apparently, it was all down to Ruffalo’s previous positive experience with the actor.
“In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making The Normal Heart.” He said, and also added that it was far too late to change the casting. “The movie is already shot and Matt poured his heart and soul into this part. Please have a little compassion. We are all learning.”
The main backbone of the criticism came from trans actress Jen Richards, who also auditioned for a differnt role in this film. While she expressed gratitude to Ruffalo for his comments, she also put forward another reason why Matt Bomer had been chosen.
She said: “It was Matt [Bomer as the lead] from the start. He was pre-cast, and the movie was sold because of him. I auditioned for another role.”
— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) August 31, 2016