Last year, Mark Ruffalo got into trouble when he announced he had cast Matt Bomer to appear in the movie Anything. The issue: the character is trans and Bomer is not.
Many within the trans community called Ruffalo out for not using a trans actor for the role.
Ruffalo said he got the message. He tweeted: "to the Trans community. I hear you. It's wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It's time."
Of course, casting had already been finalized and Bomer kept the role. In the movie, he plays Freda Von Rhenberg, a sex worker who lives next door to a straight man from the Deep South, The two eventually develop an "intense relationship."
Well, the movie is finally done and will premiere this weekend in Santa Monica, California.
The movie is actually based on a play of the same name by Timothy McNeil (who adapted it for film and directed the movie).
Kylene K. Steele, who identifies as trans, is the film's associate producer. Steele worked with Bomer to attain the correct tone for the character, saying she “worked so hard together on the development and honesty of the character; I am truly touched by his openness and commitment to developing Freda with authenticity.”