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Eddie Redmayne says comment that The Danish Girl made transgender issues mainstream was ‘misconstrued’

Eddie Redmayne says comment that The Danish Girl made transgender issues mainstream was ‘misconstrued’

Eddie Redmayne stars in The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne has said comment that seemed to suggest that The Danish Girl was was responsible for bringing trans issues into the mainstream was ‘misconstrued.’

The actor, who has been nominated for an Oscar for his role as the Lili Elbe – one of the first transgender women to undergo gender reassignment surgery – caused a Twitter storm with his remark:

Redmayne has since clarified his comments in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

‘I hope what I said was not misconstrued,’ he said.

‘In the four years since I started work on The Danish Girl, trans stories, lives and issues have burst into the mainstream media with people like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Mya Taylor, Rebecca Root, Jake Graf, Caitlyn Jenner and the countless others pushing the needle forward and making history on their own terms.

‘As I’ve said before, it has been an honor to be part of this conversation in some small way by sharing Lili and Gerda’s story.

‘There is still a long way to go, and allies of the trans community (including me) need to continue our support.’

Redmayne previously admitted that he ‘fell into all the clichés of ignorance’ before taking on the role.

‘I didn’t realize that gender and sexuality weren’t related,’ he told Details magazine.

‘I confused the terms transvestitism and transgender. But what’s lovely is, the second you understand the difference, you see how gigantic it is and how important it is that we educate ourselves.’