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Nicole Kidman’s New Transgender Gig Leaves No Controversial Role Unturned

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Nicole Kidman is set to play a semi-fictional version of Einar Wegener, the Danish painter and first person to have gender reassignment surgery (from male to female), in The Danish Girl, which producers say is heading quickly into production (alas, without expected co-star Charlize Theron, who was going to play the wife).

You know, just in case that pedophile-y movie wasn’t enough to scare conservative America.

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25 Comments

  • Cam

    I know, I know it shouldn’t matter what somebody’s orientation is if they are a great actor/actress etc… but I juat have to admit that my feelings on this are “Gee, another straight person playing gay/lesbian/transgendered etc…, How nice, now OUT Magazing can have ANOTHER cover with a straight actress talking all about how many gay best friends she has.”

  • HiredGoons

    @Cam: It’s like when Candy Darling was turned down for Myra Breckinridge. I guess they thought Raquel Welch made a better transgender?

    Then again, gay men and women play it straight in Hollywood all the time, even in real life (so sad).

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    Agreed with Cam and HiredGoons. More Hollywood het bullshit.

  • glen

    I rather enjoyed the article at the link to traditionalvalues.org and wonder if I can be both a homosexual AND a homosexual sympathizer?

  • Latebrosus

    She has a funny nose now.

  • B

    what if the straight actors portraying gay characters are actually gay themselves? You’re just assuming, its Hollywood, being that no one is fully out, proud and loud we wouldn’t know.

  • JNunzio

    I hope the character is emotionless…Nicole hasn’t been able to produce a natural tear or move her forehead since the 90’s…

  • M Shane

    @ No. 3 · Mr. Enemabag Jones Gay liberation is hardly off the ground. The real process of individualization that had started in the 70’s, got shortcircuited by HIV as well as over commercialization. While some of the gay movement today has legitimacy a great deal of growth as a unique minority has been trashed.

  • Kid A

    oh jeez Queerty, no thanks to you I’ve spent an hour browsing the traditionalvalues site. I needed something entertaining!

  • YellowRanger

    @Cam: @HiredGoons: @Mr. Enemabag Jones:

    So then straight actors should only be allowed to play straight characters, gay actors should only be allowed to play gay characters, transgendered actors should only be allowed to play transgendered characters…………..

  • HiredGoons

    @Latebrosus: Jackson-esque.

  • HiredGoons

    @YellowRanger: I never said that. Just sayin’.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    So then straight actors should only be allowed to play straight characters, gay actors should only be allowed to play gay characters, transgendered actors should only be allowed to play transgendered characters

    Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. And further more, only black actors should play black characters; only Asian actors should play Asian characters; only females should play femal…Oh, wait.

  • HiredGoons

    @Mr. Enemabag Jones: only Mickey Rooney should play Asian characters *(tugs shirt collar).

  • Allan C

    @HiredGoons: AHAHAHAHAHA!

  • HiredGoons

    @Allan C: you’ll see what I did there.

  • mallard

    with that face she already looks like a trannie..nip nip tuck beyotches!

  • LenaD

    @ Mallard: Using someone’s identity, i.e. “trannie,” as a put down — that’s so gay…

    (Just in case anyone else is as clueless as Mallard… yes, I was being sarcastic.)

  • Cam

    @YellowRanger: You said “”So then straight actors should only be allowed to play straight characters, gay actors should only be allowed to play gay characters, transgendered actors should only be allowed to play transgendered characters…………..”
    __________________________________________

    You should reread what I wrote…here, I’ll post it for you “I know, I know it shouldn’t matter what somebody’s orientation is if they are a great actor/actress etc… but I juat have to admit that my feelings on this are “Gee, another straight person playing gay/lesbian/transgendered etc…, How nice, now OUT Magazing can have ANOTHER cover with a straight actress talking all about how many gay best friends she has.”
    ________________________________________

    My point is…that it’s ALWAYS some straight person playing a gay/trangendered role, and the press ALWAYS says it’s controversial, and aren’t they Brave, and OUT Magazine ALWAYS does an article on them about how brave they were to take this role….I’m not saying that an actor has to be gay to play a gay role, I’m saying that can we stop pretending that there is ANYTHING controversial about a straight actor PLAYING a gay or transgendered role. The surest receipi in Hollywood to get nominated for an Oscar is to play one of the following, Mentaliy challanged, gay, a prostitute, pretty girl made up to look ugly.

    So what is so controversial about Nichole Kidman doing the exact same thing that Felicity Huffman did a few years ago. Good for Nichole, and I hope the movie does well, but please stop trying to convince me that these actors are challanging Hollywood by taking these parts.

  • miley crisis

    Ummm… gay actors play straight roles all the time.
    Neil Patrick Harris
    Sean Hayes
    Tom Cruise

  • Giovanni

    No offense folks but despite the fact that almost all of her movies tank, she is still Nicole Kidman, a fact that got this movie green lit in the first place.

  • dgz

    @Giovanni: exactly. and it’s not like there’s a plethora of Danish-looking, A-list, transgender actresses with Kidman’s chops.

  • sparky

    what i love are all of these different perspectives. and what i also love is that a story is being told about someone other than a person from dominant culture.

    hurrah for this time that we live in and that our narratives are coming out on screen.

  • thyl

    portrait of a lady?

  • thyl

    she looks kind of plastic, huh.

    oh hollywood.

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