Helena Bonham Carter blames Jeffrey Tambor scandal for poor reception to 55 Steps

Helena Bonham Carter believes sexual misconduct allegations against co-star Jeffrey Tambor resulted in movie studios lack of interest in 55 Steps.The British actress played Eleanor Riese, a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and started a legal batt…

Helena Bonham Carter believes sexual misconduct allegations against co-star Jeffrey Tambor resulted in movie studios lack of interest in 55 Steps.

The British actress played Eleanor Riese, a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and started a legal battle regarding consent when it comes to the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Hilary Swank starred as patients’ rights lawyer Colette Hughes in the film, which was based on a true story, while Tambor played fellow lawyer Mort Cohen.

However, 55 Steps was not bought for distribution after it premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, and Helena has since considered the reasons why the feature was not snapped up.

In addition to several reviews which “really assassinated” her portrayal of Colette, the 52-year-old believes Tambor’s inclusion may have also been a factor. The Arrested Development star was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women last November.

“Unfortunately that (55 Steps) came out just at the time, and people might have thought: ‘Oh, we can’t touch it,'” Helena insisted in an interview with The Guardian, though added she is staying loyal. “He has such compassion, and I don’t believe that same heart would be capable of any kind of abuse.”

Regardless of the fact the film wasn’t picked up by studios, Helena felt “a bit of vindication” after she was praised by the real Colette Hughes, and hit back at any critics who were critical of her performance.

“What I didn’t like about it was that they assumed I was being patronising. I am the last person to patronise this woman,” the Alice in Wonderland star insisted. “I am her biggest champion. Don’t you dare level that accusation. Maybe I’m a c**p actor, but don’t don’t don’t say that I’m patronising her.”

Helena most recently featured in Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, and also lent her voice to animated movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.

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Trace Lysette trolled after hitting out at Scarlett Johansson’s transgender role

Transparent actress Trace Lysette has received death threats after she slammed Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a transgender man.Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), it was reported that Scarlett will reteam with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sande…

Transparent actress Trace Lysette has received death threats after she slammed Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a transgender man.

Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), it was reported that Scarlett will reteam with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders to play Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born Lois, in crime biopic Rub & Tug.

News of the 33-year-old’s casting has not gone down well with the trans community though, with transgender actresses Trace and Jamie Clayton among those speaking out on Twitter.

“Oh word?? So you can continue to play us but we can’t play y’all? Hollywood is so f**ked… I wouldn’t be as upset if I was getting in the same rooms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis(gender) roles, but we know that’s not the case. A mess.

“And not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived… so twisted. I’m so done…” Trace wrote before telling her followers: “Death threats for being trans and speaking my mind… nothing new.”

She also fell out with actor Michael Rapaport, who questioned her abilities in comparison to Oscar winner Jennifer.

“Yeah! She can play Y’all. DeNiro can play a Boxers & Killers. Meryl Streep can play everything. Maybe it’s just YOUR skills ain’t ready? Maybe your just not that good (sic)? Jealous A** Hating A** Motherf**ka’s will try anything to further careers, Veiled in social outcry and protest (sic),” Michael, who played Phoebe’s police officer boyfriend Gary in Friends, fumed.

“Or maybe we don’t even get in the room to be considered. You would gag at the skills within the trans community. Do your research,” Trace fired back.

Following Trace’s initial outburst, Scarlett’s representative released a statement to Bustle.

“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” they said, referencing the three stars’ critically acclaimed turns as trans characters.

Trace previously accused her Transparent co-star Jeffrey of sexual harassment on the set of Golden Globe-winning series, accusations he denies. He has since been fired from the Amazon show.

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Scarlett Johansson defends decision to play transgender man in film

Scarlett Johansson has defended her decision to play a transgender man in new film Rub & Tug.Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), Deadline reported that the actress would be reteaming with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders for a movie about Jea…

Scarlett Johansson has defended her decision to play a transgender man in new film Rub & Tug.

Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), Deadline reported that the actress would be reteaming with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders for a movie about Jean Marie Gill, also known as Dante “Tex” Gill, a Pittsburgh crime kingpin and massage parlour owner who used a male identity.

Scarlett’s casting in the role received instant backlash from a number of social media users, but in a statement issued via her representative to Bustle on Wednesday, she dismissed any criticism.

“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” she reportedly told the outlet.

Scarlett’s response refers to cisgender actors who have taken on transgender roles, with Jeffrey playing a transgender woman in TV show Transparent, Felicity portraying a transgender woman in 2005 film Transamerica and Jared Leto taking on the part of Rayon in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club.

Among the comments on Twitter, many users noted that they would have liked to have seen a transgender person in the role.

“Literally the LEAST you could do when making a movie about trans people is to cast a trans person in the role that was written for them,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another added: “No offense to Scarlett Johansson but there are many beautiful trans women in the world, and I MEAN MANY…so ask Hollywood to keep looking!”

One of the people to criticise Scarlett’s casting in Rub & Tug was April Reign, the activist behind the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015. She pointed out that the 33-year-old star was also accused of whitewashing her character in Ghost in the Shell, which was based on a Japanese manga figure.

“Scarlett Johansson received considerable backlash for Ghost in the Shell, when she played a whitewashed Asian character. The movie tanked. Undeterred, she has teamed up WITH THE SAME DIRECTOR to play a trans male character in Rub & Tug,” she wrote.

Scarlett is currently filming Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and is also attached to star as Marvel character Black Widow in a standalone movie.

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