The decision by US actor Halle Berry to withdraw from a role in an upcoming movie depicting a transgender character has prompted other stars to apologise for some of their own past screen appearances.
In announcing her decision against starring in the unnamed film project after criticism on social media, Ms Berry said: “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.”
In the wake of her statement and in a clear bid to avoid similar public criticisms, other Hollywood stars have now issued preemptive statements apologising for some of their previous roles.
Actor and producer Tom Hanks took to Twitter to say he was sorry he had decided to take on the lead role in the 1995 drama Apollo 13 in which he played Jim Lovell the commander of the ill-fated 1970 moon mission.
Hanks said it was wrong of him to play Lovell when many real NASA astronauts were available, as was Lovell himself who could have taken the lead role even though he was 67 years old at the time the movie was made (main picture).
“As a cisgender man I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the astronaut community should undeniably have had the opportunity to tell their own stories,” Hanks tweeted.
Meryl Streep tweeted an apology for her appearance as Lindy Chamberlain in the 1983 Australian film Evil Angels.
“As a cisgender woman I now understand that I should not have considered the role or attempted an Australian accent, and that the community of Australian, Seventh-day Adventist women who’ve had a baby taken by a dingo should undeniably have had the opportunity to tell their own stories.”
Kevin Costner also issued an apology for his first appearance in a major movie — as a corpse in the final cut of the 1983 film The Big Chill.
Costner said: “As a living cisgender man I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the deceased community should undeniably have had the opportunity to tell their own stories.”
In the years since The Big Chill‘s release Costner has received plaudits for his performance, with most critics and moviegoers agreeing it was the best of his career.