Eddie Redmayne, star of the new trans drama The Danish Girl, spoke about the film at Toronto Film Festival calling it a “great privilege” to make.
As anyone interested in the film will probably know by now, he stars as transgender icon Lili Elbe, who was one of the first people to have gender reassignment surgery.
Eddie said: “Lily was an extraordinary human being and an icon in the trans community.”
Many have been saying that Eddie’s role in The Danish Girl will win him another Oscar, as it’s his first film since he won best actor for his role in The Theory of Everything. However, he disagrees and has downplayed his chances of another Oscar win.
“It’s been a long project in the making – the producers have been working on it for 15 years. I was given the script when I was making Les Miserables three or four years ago, so I committed to this before I even read Theory of Everything. Frankly people getting to see it means everything to us, and any buzz that encourages people to see it is a good thing.”
Director Tom Hooper has very high hopes for the film, however, as he hopes the film will help give courage to those in a similar situation to Lili.
He said, when speaking of the film: “Lili was so courageous to go through that process at a time before antibiotics. The risks were incredibly high, one can only imagine the pain she was in. I hope it encourages other people who might feel marginalised because of their gender identity, to take inspiration from her extraordinary story.”