What's wrong with this picture? All actors should be able to play all roles, in theory, but actors and industry experts are speaking out about the need for queer and transgender actors to play roles that represent these communities. Transgender characters were shut out for the third consecutive year. I know, and no one knows better than me and my friends.
Neil Patrick Harris claims it's 'sexy' if straight actors play gay characters
NYTimes: Should Straight Actors Play Gay Roles? A Star TV Writer Says No
While the LGBTQ community has made great strides in recent years, there is still plenty of work to be done. As of today, many Hollywood stars including top draws refuse to play the role of a gay man. They are entitled to have their position, but it's the reasoning they provided that boggles our minds. Some want to protect an image they have spent years building, while some are simply homophobic. Even in , it takes courage for a straight actor to portray gay characters, as it could be career altering. On the other hand, there are other actors who don't mind at all and have previously accepted such roles. It can be extremely beneficial as many actors gained critical acclaim for their performances, which in turn made them a hotter commodity for upcoming films.
Should Straight Actors Play LGBTQ Characters?
The controversy threw fuel on an already simmering debate: Should non-LGBTQ actors still be cast in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer roles? But increasingly, LGBTQ actors are getting tapped to play these roles, and many of them feel only they have the authenticity and experience to bring these characters to life. Before actor Wilson Cruz starred as the openly gay Dr. Film studios, they said, tend to rely on smaller, less diverse teams of writers and have fewer LGBTQ people involved in the creative process.
Having played a serial womanizer for almost a decade, Neil Patrick Harris has some thoughts on whether actors should play roles that differ from their own identity. The openly gay actor, who is starring in It's a Sin , a new British miniseries about the AIDS epidemic, addressed the controversial issue in a recent interview with Britain's The Times , saying he "would definitely want to hire the best actor" for a given role. To declare that you'd never do that, you might miss opportunities.