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Russell Tovey defends Disney casting straight actor in its first openly gay role

If you’re an actor, you’re an actor. The whole thing with Jack playing a gay character…I’m like, just let him act.

It’s like me saying I could never play a straight character because I am not going to know a straight person’s thoughts.”Russell Tovey in an interview with The Telegraph defending the casting of straight actor Jack Whitehall in Disney’s first openly gay character, in the upcoming movie Jungle Cruise. Critics have argued that with so many talented openly queer actors available, and because Hollywood has systemically made it difficult for their careers to thrive, Disney had the opportunity to help change the game for the better.

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