“I wouldn’t have had a career if gay people played gay roles”: Luke Evans Not Happy With Hollywood Casting Actors Based on Their Sexuality Narrative

Luke Evans has a different opinion about Hollywood having to cast actors on the basis of their sexuality. The Welsh actor has openly come out as gay and voiced his statement against the controversial topic which has been in discussion for a few years. It’s not a secret that many stars are openly coming out to introduce themselves based on their sexuality narrative however some in the industry want the stars to portray a role on the basis of their gender.

Luke Evans
Beauty and The Beast star, Luke Evans

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The actor back in November expressed the opposite of what is considered right by some of them. According to him, actors should be given roles according to specific requirements with someone’s sexuality being not one of them.

Luke Evans Has Different Opinions on Actors Being Cast As Per Their Sexuality Narrative

Luke Evans
Welsh actor, Luke Evans

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The 43-year-old Hollywood celebrity, Luke Evans in an interview with Telegraph addressed the showrunner for Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies’s statements he stated in 2021 that only gay actors should be permitted to portray gay characters.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Davies pointed out that “authenticity” is the main factor in the casting. He insisted that the idea of “acting gay” is just a “bunch of codes for a performance” which he considered not authentic.

The actor being unsure about the statement stated,

“But from my perspective: firstly, I wouldn’t have had a career if gay people played gay roles and straight people played straight roles.”

He added,

“I’d have played two roles out of the 36 projects I’ve worked on, or whatever [the number] is.”

Having said that, he believed that an actor should get the role according to their “talent and ability, and a bit of luck and timing.” That should only be “the reason why you get a job,” adding, “It shouldn’t have anything to do with anything else.”

It is absolutely right for an actor to be considered on the basis of their talent.

Luke Evans’s Felt Weird on Having to Come Out Again as Gay

Luke Evans and Fran Tomas 
Luke Evans with his beau, Fran Tomas

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The actor has lived his life openly as a gay during his teenage years however he felt weird about having to introduce himself years later in the industry. The actor shared,

“I came to London at 16, 17, and lived an openly gay life. So when the movie stuff started to happen, in my head, I thought, well, I’ve already done that [and come out].”

He added,

“And all of a sudden I’m being told I have to come out again like it’s a big thing. And it was just not. Not to me, at least.”

Not just that, he ended 2022 on a happy note with his boyfriend, Fran Tomas as the pair made their relationship official by attending the LuisaViaRoma for UNICEF winter gala red carpet.

Source: Telegraph

Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she has written nearly 1000 articles on Animated Times and Fandomwire combined and holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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