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Halle Berry Opts Out Of Transgender Role After Receiving Heavy Backlash

X-Men star Halle Berry backs out of from playing a transgender character in an untitled film following social media repercussions. In an Instagram live interview, Berry said that she would probably play a transgender man in her next film role. "The film is about a trans character, who transitioned into an individual. I love that I might be playing it." Halle received tons of criticism on with netizens underlining the continued problem in Hollywood of a cisgender actor playing a transgender person. Berry was also heavily criticized for identifying the gender of the character incorrectly during the interview. On Monday, Berry apologized and tweeted that she was not considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the prospect to debate my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I'd wish to apologize for those remarks. As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I shouldn't have considered this role which the transgender community should undeniably have the prospect to tell their own stories," she wrote on Twitter. She added, "I am grateful for the guidance and important conversation over the past few days and may still listen, educate and learn from this error. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to market better representation on-screen, both ahead of and behind the camera." Hollywood has a history of cisgender actors playing transgender characters, most recent examples being Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. In 2018, Scarlett Johansson dropped out of Rub & Tug, the movie that would have seen her play a transgender man, after a similar backlash to Berry.

9th July 2020 | 12:39 PM (IST)
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