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Mark Ruffalo supports Matt Bomer’s transgender character in new film

hollywood Updated: Sep 02, 2016 16:12 IST
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Ruffalo is an executive producer on the recently wrapped project, in which Bomer portrays a transgender woman. (Agencies)

Avengers star Mark Ruffalo has defended actor Matt Bomers casting as a transgender sex worker in the feature film Anything, following criticism by the transgender community. The former says that its “wrenching to see” the community “in this pain”.

Ruffalo is an executive producer on the recently wrapped project, in which Bomer portrays a transgender woman. Bomer and Ruffalo played lovers in HBO’s 2014 drama The Normal Heart, reports variety.com.

The producers announced on Monday that Bomer and John Carroll Lynch are starring in Anything, with Timothy McNeil making his feature directorial debut.

Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo in a still from The Normal Heart.

Ruffalo noted two days later that the movie had already wrapped in response to a suggestion that Bomer’s role be recast.

Anthing, and more movies such as Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl, faced a backlash from the community due to the fact that a cisgender actor is playing a transgender character.

Eddie Redmayne in a still from The Danish Girl.

The movie also stars Maura Tierney, Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham and Melora Hardin.

Ruffalo and Great Point Media’s Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are executive producing.

The film is based on McNeil’s play of the same name. Lynch plays a man who is suicidal over the death of his wife and moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he can be under the watchful eye of his protective sister, played by Tierney.

Anything is being produced by Hauptman, Louise Runge and Ofrit Peres. Bomer, Tony Lipp and Scott Wexler also executive producer.

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