Piers Morgan questions only gay actors playing gay characters

Piers Morgan has questioned whether gay characters should only be played by gay actors. 

Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T Davies stated he chose for real gay actors to fill the gay roles in his new Channel 4 series It’s A Sin to ensure they would deliver an authentic portrayal. 

However, Piers wondered whether an actor’s ability to put on an emotive performance as a gay person is dependent on their sexuality in real life. 

Speaking to his co-host Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, Piers said: ‘Equality means equality or it doesn’t… I just don’t get it. 

‘Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, one of the all-time great acting roles, would he have played it more powerfully if he’d been a gay actor? I don’t think so. Did it shine a light on Aids which was hugely beneficial to Aids about that debate? Yes because it was Tom Hanks.’ 

He added: ‘Do gay people think this? On balance that all gay roles should only be played by all gay people?’ 

As Susanna brought up their previous similar discussion about disabled actors and roles, Piers said: ‘I don’t think the answer’s that all disability roles and movies should only be played by people who have that disability. 

‘I don’t think that should be a prerequisite. They are acting. Everybody’s performing in some way and pretending to be someone.’ 

Speaking to the Radio Times, Davies explained: ‘I’m not being woke about this… but I feel strongly that if I cast someone in a story, I am casting them to act as a lover, or an enemy, or someone on drugs or a criminal or a saint… they are not there to “act gay” because “acting gay” is a bunch of codes for a performance. 

‘It’s about authenticity, the taste of 2020.’ 

He then stated: ‘You wouldn’t cast someone able-bodied and put them in a wheelchair, you wouldn’t black someone up. Authenticity is leading us to joyous places.’ 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. 

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