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Cate Blanchett says straight actors should be allowed to play LGBTQ characters

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Cate Blanchett says she’ll “fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.”
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Hollywood has a long history of straight actors playing LGBTQ personas, and it’s something Cate Blanchett has defended.

The Australian actress played a lesbian wife in 2015 movie Carol , and in accordance with the Hollywood Reporte r, she had never been asked about her sexuality until she played an LGBTQ character.

Blanchett disagrees with the idea that relevant actors should have lived the experience of the character they play, saying that it dares the whole phase of acting.

“It also speaks to something that I’m quite passionate about in storytelling generally, but in movie specifically, is that cinema can be quite a literal medium, ” she said at the Rome Film Festival.

“And I will fight to the extinction for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience. I think actuality television and all that that necessitates had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the process of developing character.

“I think it furnishes a lot of possibilities, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I imagine, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”

Blanchett’s panoramas are not said that he shared all actors, nonetheless. Sir Ian McKellen has been critical of straight actors taking on LGBTQ personas , noting that no openly lesbian man has won an Oscar.

Tom Hanks won one for 1993 ‘s Philadelphia , while Sean Penn did so for Milk . In total, 52 straight performers who played LGBTQ characters have been nominated for the awarding.

In July, Scarlett Johansson dropped out of playing a trans male following heavy criticism after she accepted the role.

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