- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Halle Berry has issued an apology for ever considering an upcoming part that would have cast her as a transgender man.

She may be known as trained assassin Sofia to “John Wick” fans, but the Hollywood star said she was misguided for thinking all acting roles should be open to professionals.

Ms. Berry issued a mea culpa on social media Monday evening after days of backlash over a recent Instagram post.

“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks,” she said in a statement released on social media. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”

The move echoes that of celebrity peer Scarlett Johansson who dropped a transgender part for the script “Rub and Tug” in 2018.

“I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake,” the 53-year-old actress added. “I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”

Ms. Berry’s original rationale for considering the role was to “understand that world [of the transgender community]. I want to deep dive in that in the way I did [the upcoming film] ‘Bruised.’”

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