Who Should Get to Play the Role

I have been thinking about this for a while and wanted to put this out there for you to think about and share your thoughts with me.

I want to know who you think should get to play the role…

We have seen numerous out spoken actors, Sir Ian McKellen being one of them, stating that gay actors are disregarded in Hollywood. Be it either; actors, directors, screen writers, or any other artists.

We have seen some successful LGBTQ+ roles that have been played by an actor who does not identify the same way as the character they are play. 2 examples that pop off the top of my head are; Eric McCormack in Will & Grace and Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent.

So with having said all that, I want to know what you think.

Should homosexual or bisexual roles only be played by actors that identify as homosexual or bisexual? What about transgendered roles? Should those only be played by transgendered individuals?

Would this also mean then that any actor that identifies under the LGBTQ+ umbrella continue to be disregarded for heterosexual or cis-gendered roles?

Who Should Play the Role?

  • Anyone should be able to play any role... (75%, 6 Votes)
  • The sexuality or gender identity of the actor should match the character/role... (13%, 1 Votes)
  • My answer is more complicated so I will explain in the comments below... (13%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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4 Replies to “Who Should Get to Play the Role”

  1. It’s an acting job. Let the most convincing actor play the role.

    That said, if the actor comes with some pre-existing baggage that negatively distracts from the role, then clearly it may be detrimental to the piece (movie, play, tv show, etc…) and casting should take that into consideration.

    1. Do you think that the lgbtq community is under represented. Do you think that Hollywood is a hostile “work environment” for members of the lgtbq community?

    1. True but all it takes is one dry failed meatloaf (heart shaped) and who knows what other kinds of murder one is capable of.

      Kidding aside…a white or Asian person would never be cast as Nelson Mandella so….

      There’s a very successful actor that is straight, currently on TV, that plays gay and in a relationship. When asked how he preps for the role…he says he thinks of his mother….

      I’m not sure that sits right with me…

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