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Halle Berry drops plans to play transgender man in new movie: “I vow to be an ally”

Berry had previosuly stated that the role appealed to her as a chance to “experience that world.”

July 07, 2020
Halle Berry drops plans to play transgender man in new movie: “I vow to be an ally” Halle Berry arrives for the Los Angeles special screening of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum at the TCL Chinese theatre on May 15, 2019 in Hollywood.   ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty

Halle Berry has issued an apology after being accused of misgendering a transgender man when discussing her desire to portray them in an upcoming movie role.

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The Oscar-winning actress issued a statement via Twitter in which she distanced herself from the unknown movie project and vowed to be a better ally going forward.

“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man and I’d like to apologise for those remarks,” Berry's statement reads. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories. I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake.

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“I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”

The statement followed a July 3 interview on Instagram with hair stylist Christin Brown, during which Berry discussed a trans man role she was planning to take on in an un-named film.

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Berry talked about playing "a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man. She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing … Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project that will require me cutting all of my hair off. I want to experience that world, understand that world. I want to deep dive in that in the way I did Bruised," she added, referring to her upcoming directorial debut in which she'll play an MMA fighter.

Berry’s reference to the character as a “woman” and “she” sparked criticism online similar to that Scarlett Johansson faced prior to her exit from Rub & Tug, a biopic of massage parlour operator Dante “Tex” Gill, in 2018.

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Halle Berry drops plans to play transgender man in new movie: “I vow to be an ally”