Mark Ruffalo Apologizes To Trans Community For Casting Matt Bomer As Trans...

Mark Ruffalo Apologizes To Trans Community For Casting Matt Bomer As Trans Woman

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Actor Mark Ruffalo has responded to the trans community’s critical response to the casting of actor Matt Bomer as a transgender sex worker in his new film, Anything.

“To the Trans community. I hear you,” Ruffalo, who is an executive producer on the project, wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, adding: “It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It’s time. In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making The Normal Heart.”

According to EW: “Bomer’s character befriends a suicidal man who moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles after the death of his wife. It will be directed by Timothy McNeil, making his directorial debut as he adapts a script based on his play, which shares a title with the film.”

After news broke that Bomer will star as a transgender character in the film, Both Bomer and Ruffalo were inundated with criticism from members of the LGBT community about the casting. Many argued that a real trans woman should have been cast in the film instead of a cisgender actor.

“More cis men being sourced to play trans women. Hollywood, do better,” one user tweeted.

Actress Jen Richards added: “I auditioned for this. I told them they shouldn’t have a cis man play a trans woman. They didn’t care.”

Some labeled Ruffalo as a hypocrite:

“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,” wrote trans musician Mya Byrne in a piece for Huffington Post. “We know you have good intentions. But those intentions have far-reaching after-effects that you, as cis men, don’t experience.”

To critics who are calling for the film to be recast and reshot, Ruffalo had this response:

Bomer has yet to publicly comment on the ongoing controversy.


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