The gay Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter known for ‘Milk’ and ‘When we rise’ hit out the Hollywood producers over the refusal to work with trans people, especially to hire them to play trans characters. The producers excuse themselves saying that there are no good trans actors, and Black says that such words are nothing than, mildly speaking, a lie.
“The big surprise is, it was not hard to find amazing trans actors and actresses to play these parts,” Black told PrideSource, “What was difficult was deciding who to cast because so many great tapes came in. So, I call bullshit on Hollywood if they say it’s difficult. And if they think it’s difficult, then they should call our casting directors because they found unbelievable trans actors and actresses, and it was actually tough to decide who to cast.”
Black added that he did not mean that trans roles should be given to trans actors only, but they should be in preference. “First and foremost, when I’m casting any role, I’m gonna look for somebody who can bring a part of their experience to the role. They still have to be a great actor, so if I can’t find anyone in the world who shares some experience that they’re about to portray in this character, who’s also a good actor, then I’ll happily go for someone else. Years ago, it was difficult to find openly gay actors to play openly gay roles – that was difficult,” he clarified.
“When we were doing Milk, that’s what we said we wanted to do, and the studio gave us full permission to do that. So, we called agents and manager friends and they all said they didn’t have any gay actors or actresses, which is funny since I knew some of their clients were gay! It was very frustrating, but thankfully that’s begun to change as well, particularly in this young generation of actors and actress who, in one way or another, have come out on social media when they were kids and there’s no putting them back in the closet in today’s social-media age,” he added.