Matt Bomer being cast as transgender woman is not going over well with trans community
Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter this week to address objections to Matt Bomer being cast as a transgender sex worker in the film Anything.
Ruffalo, who starred opposite Bomer in the acclaimed AIDS drama The Normal Heart, is executive producing the movie.
‘To the Trans community. I hear you,’ Ruffalo tweeted on Wednesday.
‘It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It’s time.’
He added: ‘In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making The Normal Heart.’
Based on Tim McNeil’s play, Bomer’s character is a trans woman named Freda Von Rhenberg who worked as a sex worker in Los Angeles.
Bomer won a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as a man dying from AIDS in The Normal Heart.
Some people were infuriated as they thought that the role should have gone to a transgender actress and took to Twitter to express their feelings.
In recent years, Jared Leto being cast as a transgender female in the film Dallas Buyers Club drew similar criticism. Leto won an Oscar for his performance.
In contrast, the two leads in the the acclaimed film Tangerine – about two trans sex workers – were played by transgender actresses.