Colin Firth has said that he still remains undecided as to whether it is right for straight actors to portray gay characters.
Firth will be starring opposite Stanley Tucci as a gay couple in the forthcoming film ‘Supernova’. The drama focuses on the two men who embark on a road trip together after Tucci’s character is diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
During an interview the actor was questioned on whether he believed it was right for him, a straight man, to take on a gay role, as ‘Independent’ reports.
Firth declined to give an opinion either way. The 60-year-old said: “I don’t have a final position on this. I think the question is still alive.
“It’s something I take really seriously and I gave it a lot of thought before doing this.”
He continued: “Whenever I take on anything, I think it’s an insufferable presumption. I don’t really feel I have the right to play the character. That’s always the starting point. What do I know about this person’s life?”
“How can I presume to set foot in this person’s lived experience, let alone try to represent it?” said Firth.
His co-star Tucci added: “For so many years, gay men and women have had to hide their homosexuality in showbusiness to get the roles they wanted – that’s the problem here.
“Anybody should be able to play any role that they want to play – that’s the whole point of acting.”
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