In Hollywood, there is an ongoing controversy about what kinds of actors can get those roles.
A increasing number of individuals agree that these positions should be prioritized by underrepresented groups, despite the fact that only LGBTQ actors play these characters in TV and film.
But Jim Parsons, the Big Bang Theory actor, disagrees.
In the long-running CBS sitcom about a group of obscenely smart physicists as best friends at Caltech, the actor played Sheldon Cooper.
Yet he thinks that acting is just part of the work and doesn’t feel that sexual identity can make a difference in choices for casting.
Since “The Big Bang Theory” Jim Parsons had no problems finding jobs
When the series ends, several actors who become breakout stars in hit sitcoms have a tough time. Somehow, after “The Big Bang Theory” ended in 2019, 47-year-old Parsons has prevented the curse and enjoyed a steady stream of projects.
The film version of the Broadway classic “The Boys in the Band.” is his new movie. In the film, he plays a gay man and told the LA Times that he recognizes the project’s significance.
He said of The Boys in the Band, set in 1968, “I feel like it offers a representation of a certain group of gay men at a time that is very different from the world I grew up in,” “While things are much better for gay people in our country and in the world today, there are still other people or other groups that are victimized and discriminated against,” he added.
“That’s why the play has been such a lightning rod and has traveled so far since it was first written. What these characters go through is easily transferable to many other marginalized groups or people.”
Parsons thinks that the gay roles are fair to some straight actors
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Both sides of the discussion about whether straight actors should be cast as LGBTQ characters have compelling points. A Hollywood movie proves his point perfectly, Parsons claims.
The continuum is certainly there: I think the war is not only about having gay people play gay roles, but about making sure that all roles are available to all actors,”There’s definitely that spectrum: I think the fight is not about just having gay people play the gay roles, but making sure that all roles are open to all actors,” “It’s important that gay characters are portrayed as well-rounded and completely human individuals.”
“And there are many straight actors who have played gay characters brilliantly. I think Brokeback Mountain is one of the most touching gay movies and love stories I’ve ever seen, and these two straight actors [Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal] were the best choices for those roles.”
Parsons thinks that playing a woman changed the trajectory of his career.
The argument goes beyond the LGBTQ community on which actors to cast for which roles.
There is also a vigorous debate on whether men should play women, whether able-bodied people should be cast as disabled characters, etc.
But Parsons maintains that playing a woman early in his professional life was a real turning point and a major touchstone in his career.
It happened in Houston after he was cast in a play. Parsons said in 2008, “I wasn’t worried about coming out when I was studying theater in school. I was more worried that in any role I took on, I would always seem gay.”
It was something that was holding me back.’
The unique position, instead, changed his whole outlook. “But when I appeared in the Busch play in drag, I felt like there was that permission and I didn’t have to worry about appearing gay. Once you experience that level of freedom, there’s really no going back.”