Mark Ruffalo Defends Matt Bomer Amid Transgender Casting Criticism

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Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo

"To the Trans community. I hear you. It's wrenching to you see you in this pain."

Several members of the transgender community were upset by the news that Matt Bomer had been cast as a trans woman in the upcoming film Anything.

Mark Ruffalo is an executive producer on the project and responded to the criticism on Twitter. "To the Trans community. I hear you. It's wrenching to you see you in this pain," he wrote. "I am glad we are having this conversation. It's time."

Ruffalo admitted he recommended Bomer for the part because of the "profound experience" he had with the actor while filming The Normal Heart. Bomer and Ruffalo played lovers in the award-winning HBO film about an HIV/AIDS activist.

The transgender community has repeatedly expressed outrage at cisgender actors playing the roles of transgender characters, like Eddie Redmayne did in The Danish Girl. When Twitter users called for Bomer's part to be recast, Ruffalo said the movie had already been filmed.

He wrote, "The movie is already shot and Matt poured his heart and soul into this part. Please have a little compassion. We are all learning."

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Matt Bomer's rep for comment.

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