'It's acting, afterall': Internet agrees as Hilary Swank wants cis actors in trans roles and vice versa

'It's acting, afterall': Internet agrees as Hilary Swank wants cis actors in trans roles and vice versa
Hilary Swank won Best Actress award for playing a trans man in 'Boys Don't Cry' (Getty Images/ IMDb)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Hilary Swank feels actors shouldn’t be categorized! In a recent interview, the 49-year-old opened up about her breakthrough performance in the movie ‘Boys Don’t Cry.’

She won an Oscar for the 2000 drama, in which she played trans man Brandon Teena. The biopic was based on a transphobic hate crime that took place in 1993.

“Now for the most part, in most places, it’s accepted to be a trans person. [But] at that time, people weren’t even coming out as gay and lesbian, it was a career killer, or whatever,” Swank told The Times of London.

“They weren’t ready to tell their family, or maybe they weren’t even ready to tell themselves,” she added.

“We’re in such different times — I feel like it would be a great opportunity for an actor who’s trans to play that role.”

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Hilary Swank shared that it was career threatening role to play a trans man in 1993 hit 'Boys Don't Cry' (Getty Images)

Swank wants actors to be free to play a variety of roles

Hilary Swank added that cisgenders should be playing transgender roles as well, “I also feel like actors are actors.”

“We are supposed to play different people,” Swan explained. “I would like to hope trans people are getting the opportunity to play non-trans people as well.”

The 'Million Dollar Baby’ star praised ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ that played a significant role in bringing trans people into the mainstream.

Eddie Redmayne portrayed a trans person in 'The Danish GIrl,' which he later called a 'mistake' (IMDb)

“It was a jumping-off board to start a conversation that was needed. And we need this conversation to continue until everyone’s leading a safe life.”

Interestingly, Eddie Redmayne who played a trans role in ‘The Danish Girl’ called it a ‘mistake.’

Actress Scarlett Johansson who was supposed to portray a real-life transgender man in ‘Rub & Tug’ exited the project after a backlash.

"While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante's story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person," Johansson told Out magazine in July 2018.

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Hilary Swank won Oscars for playing trans man  in 'Boys Don't Cry' (Getty Images)

Internet all for Hilary Swank’s take on acting

One person agreed with Swank, “This is what acting is, right?

The second remembered the hit movie, “"Boys Don't Cry" was a great, yet sad true story/movie! Swank did an Amazing job!”

“I don’t know about trans roles where a CIS person ‘should’, but certainly they ought to be considered. It is acting, after all,” the third role.

“Absolutely. It’s called acting for a reason,” commented one user.

A user gave his take, “I think who ever acts the best in the part should play the part!!!”

“It’s acting. She’s right,” an online user wrote.

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