After taking the Golden Globe for supporting actor in a TV series/limited series in Amazon’s A Very English Scandal, Ben Whishaw was asked by the press corps backstage if he shared the same acting philosophy as Darren Criss when it comes to playing LGBTQ characters.
Last month, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace actor announced that as a heterosexual, he will no longer be playing LGBTQ characters.
“I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role,” exclaimed Criss at the Clorox event What Comes Next in New York.
Whishaw disagreed with Criss’ opinion: “I really believe that actors can embody and portray anything, and we shouldn’t be defined only by what we are. Whishaw also called for “greater quality” and exclaimed, “I would like to see more gay actors play straight roles. That’s where we should be aiming.”
Whishaw, who came out in 2014, plays Norman Scott in A Very English Scandal, the disgruntled ex-lover of Liberal Parliament Member Jeremy Thorpe in 1965. Scott turned on Thorpe and started making threats when he broke up with him, but then Thorpe allegedly tried to have Scott killed.
Whishaw said that the challenge in playing Scott stemmed from him “being a real person who suffered substantial trauma in what we were fictionalizing. Honoring him and being sensitive to him and trying to capture him in all his complexities was on the forefront of my mind.”
Asked about whether there should be a sequel to Mary Poppins Returns, Whishaw answered, “I think there needs to be a nice long break before she returns again. She needs to go do what she’s doing up in the clouds for another fifty years.”