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Boy George doesn’t care if a queer actor plays him in his upcoming biopic

Patrick Kelleher September 26, 2019
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Boy George doesn't care if a queer actor plays him in an upcoming biopic

Boy George (Brian Rasic/WireImage)

Boy George has revealed that he doesn’t care if a queer actor is cast to play him in an upcoming biopic.

When asked by TMZ if he cared if an LGBT+ actor is cast to play him in the film, the Culture Club frontman replied: “Not really, no.”

“It would be about the right person in the right moment,” George continued.

“Equality means equality for everyone, even normal people,” he laughed. “You can’t just choose what people are more equal than others. Everyone has to be equal.”

“I thought that was pretty wise. You weren’t expecting that, were you?” he joked.

The ‘Karma Chameleon’ singer also revealed that nobody has been cast to play him yet in the biopic.

Boy George wants Sophie Turner to play him in upcoming biopic.

Earlier this year, Boy George revealed that he wanted Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner to play him in the biopic.

Speaking on an Australian radio station in June, George said Turner had been suggested to play the lead role in the film.

“People will say she can’t play you, she’s a woman, you know. But when I was 17 I would have loved to have been her.”

It would be about the right person in the right moment.

Earlier this month, the film’s writer and director Sacha Gervasi said he was “open to everything” in the casting process.

Speaking to Press Association, he said: “I think it has to be someone who is fantastic for the part and as we saw with Taron Egerton in Rocketman and Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, they were able to embrace the essence of that character without necessarily having the same life experience.

“We’re open to the right person for the part without any agenda either way,” he continued.

Taron Egerton attracted criticism earlier this year for playing Elton John in Rocketman.

Debates have been ongoing in recent years about whether straight and cisgender people should play LGBT+ people on screen. Earlier this year, Taron Egerton attracted some criticism for playing Elton John as a straight man.

Egerton addressed the criticism, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I have spoken to gay people for whom it’s not a problem, and I’ve spoken to gay people for whom it is a problem.”

“I completely understand,” he continued. “But for my part, I’m an actor, and I did not get into acting to just play people like me. You have to draw the line somewhere, and I don’t want to live in a world where straight people play straight people and gay people play gay people.”

Related topics: bohemian rhapsody, boy george, culture club, rocketman, Sophie Turner, Taron Egerton

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