The Lord of the Rings star actor Viggo Mortensen recently decided to tell the world that he should be allowed to play whatever role he may be good at. He spoke about how he thinks that he should be given roles that he’s able to accurately portray, and he’s not impressed by the suggestions that straight people shouldn’t play LGBT roles.
Mortensen will be making his directorial debut with Falling, and he has cast himself in the lead role. He plays the character of John Peterson, a gay man who tries to get his father to change his views about the LGBTQ+ community.
However, many people have debated whether casting directors should pick LGBT actors to play LGBT characters.
According to Mortensen, actors should be allowed to take on a role if they think they can portray it well, regardless of their sexuality.
He told The TImes that it’s healthy that these issues are brought up, but he believes that it’s not a problem.
When people ask him if Terry Chen, who plays his husband in the movie, is gay, Viggo responds that he doesn’t know and he would never have the temerity to ask someone if they were – especially not during the casting process.
“And how do you know what my life is? You’re assuming that I’m completely straight. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. And it’s frankly none of your business.
I want my movie to work, and I want the character of John to be effective. So if I didn’t think it was a good idea I wouldn’t do it.” – he added.
Scarlett Johansson was dropped from a movie called Rub & Tug after receiving backlash from the LGBTQ+ community because she was supposed to play a trans-man. According to Kristen Stewart, who’s bisexual, there’s a ‘grey area’ regarding the issue.
She believes that she would never want to tell a story that should be told by someone who has lived the experience. However, she noted that if it was the case, then she could never play another straight character if she’s going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law.