Speaking at a Variety studio conversation for his new film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan directed by Xavier Dolan, Kit Harington called out Marvel for refusing to cast a gay actor as a superhero.
Said Harington: “There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some super hero. I mean, when is that going to happen?”
Added Dolan: “And then you cast gay characters but you still hear things like, ‘well, he’s too gay…'”
Thandie Newton, who also stars in Donovan, said: “If you look at the sports industry – the few people that have stepped into their true selves in an uncompromising way. In 10 years time, the effect that it will have. It is changing, but we have to get behind those changes and keep pushing it. That’s the thing.”
Dolan replied that things have changed very rapidly in a short amount of time in terms of out actors and entertainers, but didn’t seem sure that the industry has kept up.
“Does that mean that the industry has changed in the way that it regards this talent?”
Said Newton: “Well it has to be forced. That’s how revolutions happen.”