There is a debate going on in Hollywood about the types of actors who should get certain parts. A growing number of people believe that underrepresented organizations should be given priority for certain roles, including that only LGBTQ actors play these characters in TV and movies. But Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons agrees.
Actress Sheldon Cooper played in the long-running CBS comedy about a group of smart cunning physics friends at Caltech. But he thinks acting is just that and he doesn’t think gender bias should make a difference in throwing choices.
Jim Parsons had no problem finding work after ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Many actors who become the superstars of hit sitcoms have a hard time when the series ends. Somehow, the 47-year-old Parsons escaped that curse and have had a steady stream of projects ever since. The Big Bang theory wrapped in 2019.
His latest project is the film version of a classic Broadway play The boys in the band. He plays a gay man in the movie and told LA Times he understood the essence of the project.
“I feel it offered representation of a particular group of gay men at a time that was very different from the world in which I was raised,” he said. The boys in the band, founded in 1968. “While things are much better for homosexuals in our country and in the world today, other people or groups have always suffered and discriminated against,” he continued.
“That’s why the play has been a lightning rod and has traveled so far since it was first written. It’s easy to relate to those characters going through a number of marginalized groups or people. ”
Parsons believes that some actors are just doing gay roles justice
There are valid arguments for both sides of the debate as to whether actors should just be cast as LGBTQ characters. Parsons thinks one Hollywood movie proves his point perfectly.
“This spectrum is for sure: I think the fight, as it were, is not just about giving gay people the gay parts but making sure that all parts are open to all actors, ”the Big Bang Theory alum told LA Times. “It’s important that gay characters are represented as accurate and completely human.”
He continued, “And there are just a lot of actors who have played great gay characters. I wonder Brokeback Mountain one of the most exciting gay movies and love stories I have ever seen, and just those two actors [Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal] the best options for these careers. ”
Parsons believes that women changed the course of their careers
The debate over which actors to put into jobs extends beyond just the LGBTQ community. There is also a lively discussion going on on whether men should play women, whether physical bodies should be cast as characters with disabilities, and so on.
But Parsons maintains that playing a woman early in his professional life was a real turning point and an important milestone in his career.
It happened after he was thrown in a Houston play. In 2008, Parsons said, “When I was studying theater at school, I didn’t have to worry about coming out. I was more worried that at a small level I would always look gay in every career I took. That was something that held me back. ”
Instead, the particular role changed its overall look. “But when I played in Busch’s play, I felt that this permission had been granted and I didn’t have to worry about appearing gay. Once you get a taste of that level of freedom, there is no going back. ”