July 28, 2021

Actors who have given up roles because of their sexual orientation

Wentworth Miller (48), famous for Prison break, He announced a few days ago that he does not want heterosexual roles. The actor, who announced in 2013 that he is gay, said that he will not be Michael Scofield in the series again if this prison drama returns because “I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told) ”.

Miller claimed consistency with your sexual condition when choosing the papers. Am I saying that gay actors should only play gay roles? No. I’m speaking for myself. At this point in my life / career is what I feel. With that said, do I want to see more gay roles played by gay actors? Yes, ”he explained on his Instagram.

Prison break star Wentworth Miller will only accept roles consistent with his gay sexual orientation

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The actor has already refused to attend the St. Petersburg film festival, to show his support for the collective and protest against Russia’s so-called anti-gay law. Miller then wrote to the festival director, Maria Averbakh, saying, “Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed previous visits to Russia, I would be happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline the invitation. “

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Darren Criss has given up playing homosexuals to give opportunities to actors of this group

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For its part, Darren Criss, who has given life to homosexuals in Glee O American crime story: the murder of Gianni Versace – which gave him an Emmy – announced two years ago that he would only play heterosexual roles: “I want to make sure that I will not be another straight boy taking the role from a gay man.”

The same said last July Lucas Grabeel ( High School Musical) . The interpreter assured that, as a straight actor, he has more opportunities than gays and that is why he should step aside.


Some argue that the job of an actor is knowing how to perfectly embody who you are not; others reply that minority groups are not represented in the cinema

These decisions respond to the controversy over whether gay characters should be played by heterosexual actors, or vice versa. Some argue that acting is independent of sexual orientation and that that is what the job of an actor consists of: knowing how to embody in the most brilliant way who one is not. There is the paradox that practically all the homosexual characters of My name is Harvey Milk a 2008 biographical film about a famous activist who fought for gay rights, they are played by straight men, even the brilliant performance of Sean Penn earned him his second Oscar.

To reverse the situation, other interpreters reply that minority groups are not represented in the cinema and that gays, lesbians or transsexuals are discriminated against, especially the latter group, so ignored that they are not even summoned to castings, so that they can never prove their worth for a role.

Transgender protests

After the criticism, Halle Berry has given up playing a transsexual, just as Scarlett Johansson did in her day

Precisely the criticism for agreeing to play a transsexual made Scarlett Johansson will give up the movie Rub & Tug . Transgender interpreters protested because they stole one of the few job opportunities. Johansson decided to “respectfully withdraw” his participation. One of the biggest criticisms of the protagonist of Lost in traslation” came from the actress Trace Lysette ( Transparent ), who tweeted: “So you can continue to play us but we can’t play you?”

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Scarlett Johansson had to give up playing a transsexual

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Johansson threw in the towel. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I have learned a lot from that community since I made my first statement on this topic, and I realized that [aceptar el papel] it was insensitive “, added Johansson, who stressed that” LGTBI characters in fiction fell 40% in 2017 compared to the previous year, without representation of trans characters in any major studio release. “

This summer Halle berry was the one who gave up being a transsexual: “As a cisgender woman – a person whose sexual characteristics at birth coincide with her gender identity – I now understand that I should not have considered that character and that the transgender community should have the opportunity to tell their own stories”.

What did you say Glen Close: “Acting is an art. Personally, I think anyone should be able to play any character. But I understand trans people perfectly, I understand their frustration when they see that they are like the character they are looking for, and they are not chosen. That moment will come, I hope ”. And he continued: “Trans people should also be able to play heterosexual characters. For me, that’s the key, that everyone can play everyone. But I understand why they are so passionate, because this has not happened yet ”.

Actress Jedet during the online presentation of AtresPlayer Premium series at the Vitoria Television Festival - Festval- in Madrid on T Thursday, 03 September 2020.

Jedet stars in the third episode of ‘Veneno’, in which she plays Cristina Ortiz when she discovered herself

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It’s something that Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi they have taken this side of the pond into account. Your cast for the Serie Poison (Atresmedia) has shown that transsexual actresses can be big stars if they have a good story and the means to tell it, as is the case with Daniela Santiago, Isabel Torres, Jedet, Lola Rodríguez or Paca la Piraña. This successful series came almost two years after the controversial trans interpretation of Paco Leon on The house of flowers .

Isabel Torres as Cristina Ortiz, la Veneno.

Isabel Torres as Cristina Ortiz, the Poison


In his day, Pedro Almodovar, who was surprised to be called a gay director when he hit Hollywood, explained: “I will never make a movie about the problems of a gay person. From the beginning, I have included transsexuals, bisexuals, lesbians and gays in my films as part of the day to day ”. It is what happens in the series Stories from San Francisco (Tales of the City), with Murray Bartlett, a gay actor; Ellen Page, lesbian; Josiah Victoria García, non-binary transsexual, and Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Gross and Zosia Mamet, heterosexual.

The controversy has not been spared either Luca Guadagnino, which has had to answer for the nudity and heterosexuality of its actors who play LGTBI characters, first in Call me by your name and now in the series We are who we are (HBO). “I don’t think I have the right to decide if an actor is heterosexual or not. Who am I to know what someone is thinking about themselves? But … do I ask you [a Timothee Chalamet y Armie Hammer] that they swear on their sexuality, on their identities or on their desires before he throws them out?

Marvel Factory

‘The Eternals’ will have for the first time a clearly gay superhero, played by Brian Tyree Henry

More success has been Kit Haringto n ( Jon Snow in Game of Thrones ) when claiming superhero roles for gays. Alone Ian McKellen –Gandalf, in the Lord of the Rings , and Magneto, in X Men– , has managed to play a superhero knowing openly that he is homosexual. Harington, husband of Rose Leslie, challenged the industry: “Why can’t we have someone in a Marvel movie who is gay in real life and plays some superhero?”

Bryan Tyree Henry

Bryan Tyree Henry will play the first openly gay superhero, Phastos, in Los Eternos (Marvel), pending filming


The Eternals is Marvel’s response to that request from Kit Harington and many other voices in Hollywood. This film whose filming delayed the Covid will have for the first time an openly gay superhero: Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry, an actor who, however, has never spoken about his sexual orientation. The debate has only just begun.