Benedict Cumberbatch says playing a non-binary character in Zoolander 2 is ‘counterproductive’

Benedict Cumberbatch said it “backfired” when he played a non-binary character in Zoolander 2.

Talk to Penelope Cruz, who also starred in the film, cho Diversity, the Sorcerer Supreme The actor addressed the backlash against his casting.

He said, “There was a lot of controversy surrounding the role, which is understandable now. And I think in this day and age, my role would never be played by anyone other than a transgender actor.”

Cumberbatch added: “But I remember at the time, I didn’t think about it necessarily talking about that, and it was more about two dinosaurs, two cliché languages ​​that didn’t understand the new world of diversity. this. But it backfired a bit. “

He concluded by adding that he enjoyed working with the cast: “But it was great to see you in that brief moment and to be working with Ben and Owen.”

Cumberbatch’s casting as well as the film has been criticized by LGBT activists for making jokes about transgender people and not using transgender actors to play transgender characters.

A petition that circulate at the time and reaching more than 25,000 signatures said: “By hiring a cis actor to play a non-binary individual in a clearly negative way, the film attests to harmful and dangerous perceptions of the community homosexuals in general.”


Cumberbatch can now be seen in Spider-Man: There’s no way home where he played his role of Doctor Strange. He also appeared in the popular Netflix series, The power of the dog.

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Tom Vazquez

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