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'Rocketman' Actor Richard Madden Says Gay Roles Should Go to Anyone

Monday May 6, 2019

There's been much debate as to who should get to play LGBTQ roles and "Rocketman" star Richard Madden is the latest actor to open up about it.

In an interview with The Guardian, Madden, who plays Elton John's manager and former lover John Reid in the upcoming biopic about the music icon, said he doesn't feel like gay roles should only go to gay actors.

"It's a really terrible route to go down if we start restricting people's casting based on their personal lives," he told the publication. "We have to focus more on diversity and having everyone represented, but I'm also a firm believer in the best actor for the part."

Madden has dated women in the past including actress Suki Waterhouse but he's recently been in the tabloids for hanging out with "13 Reasons Why" star Brandon Flynn — Sam Smith's ex-boyfriend.

Taron Egerton, who plays John in "Rocketman," made similar comments Twhen speaking with Attitude magazine.

"It's easy for me to sit here as a white, heterosexual man and say I should be able to play a part I want," he explained. "But I completely understand why a gay actor would feel that this is an opportunity for which they would be better suited.

"The way I feel about it is that Elton asked me to play him in a movie about his life. I am proud and privileged to be playing this person who happens to be gay. I want to live in a world where people are excited about playing people who are different from themselves," Egerton added. "I believe that there is something inclusive and progressive about that."

Actor Darren Criss, who won an Emmy for portraying gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan on "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," vowed he will no longer play queer characters. More recently Andrew Garfield opened up about straight people playing gay roles. Garfield recently starred in the "Angels in America" revival.

Last year, when it was revealed that British actor Jack Whitehall, who is straight, would be playing Disney's first openly gay character it sparked a Twitter outrage and ignited the debate about who gets to play which roles.


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