Matt Bomer fans are getting another look at his controversial upcoming film “Anything”.
The film, which stars John Carroll Lynch as Early, a widower restarting his life in Los Angeles, and Bomer as Freda, a transgender sex worker, garnered outcry in 2016 over the “Blue Collar” actor’s casting.
Critics, including transgender actress Jen Richards who tweeted that she had auditioned for the film, complained that the role of Freda had gone to a cisgender man rather than a transgender actress.
Mark Ruffalo, who produced “Anything”, responded to the controversy at the time, tweeting, “To the Trans community. I hear you. It’s wrenching to see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation.”
“The movie is already shot and Matt poured his heart and soul into this part,” Ruffalo added. “Please have a little compassion. We are all learning.”
Kylene K. Steele, an associate producer on the film and a transgender woman, spoke to IndieWire about helping to guide the film, providing notes which helped writer-director Timothy McNeil in the writing of Freda’s character.
“You shouldn’t be judged by who the person’s gender is, if they can pretend and be the person that’s fit for the role, then that’s the way it should be,” Steele said. “You don’t necessarily have to be trans to play a trans character.”
“I was really upset that some of the people said what they said,” she added, referring to people who have spoken out against the film. “I think when the trans community said some of the things they said, they didn’t realize they were attacking an ally. That’s all I ask, is that people come with an open heart and an open mind.”
“Anything” has a limited release on May 11 and opens wide May 18.