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  Surname 1 Student’s Name   Professor’s Name  Course Date Straight Actors Acting Gay The entertainment industry, mainly the acting sector, has gone through constant changes and developments over the years. This is especially so because the dynamics of the world keep changing with time. People from the LGBT+ have continued to receive visibility in the current era than before through film casting (Tran 2016). One of the issues that have been recurrent over the recent years in the acting industry is the casting of non-trans people in the roles for trans  people and the different ways to act on it. Characters that have played trans roles while they are straight are; James Franco in The Broken Tower   (2011), Naomi Watts in  Mulholland  Drive  (1996), and Jared Leto in  Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Acting is a highly creative career and it requires the ability of the actor to comprehend the characteristics of the character assigned and create ways of suitably acting the characters. On this notion, I believe that the trans roles in the different acting projects should be assigned to the actor able to bring out the character as directed. Enforcing some regulations to allow for the people who identify as trans to be the ones to be the only to cast those characters, it would highly limit the range of the expression or creativity from actors across the gender identity scale. Trans and other queer people have a right to tell their stories as per their experiences by being given a  platform to do so. However, this should not happen at the expense of shunning talented actors who can tell the stories the same way as intended by the creators and directors of the stories. Personal identity in terms of gender should not be a limiting factor in the promotion of talent and enhancing inclusivity in the acting industry. Actors such as the one noted above and others who do not identify as trans should not be discontinued from their assigned roles. They should be allowed to represent the people of any gender or sexual inclination so long as they do it with the precision required out of their talents and hard work. It is only fair to applaud the straight actors for playing out those roles in the way the creators of their stories intended them. It takes effort and exceptional creativity to actualize the roles they have been assigned accordingly (Tran 2016). The preparation that actors take  before the adaptation of a specific part they have been given should not be disregarded as it requires intense internalization and understating of the assigned role in a film. There, however, should be the establishment of stable structures to support the participation of the trans people in the film making industry, and they should be prioritized in the cast of such roles. If people were to be considered for the trans persons, the same could also be applied in the cast where people with disabilities are involved. It would be unfair not to share the diverse stories of people with a particular disability due to regulations such as the need to only cast  people identifying themselves with the same. Actors that can be able to showcase different scenarios of disabled persons in a film should be considered even though they suffer no disability  in real life. This is not to mean that people with any disability should not be given priority in a cast of a film, but it should not be made mandatory as it is limiting to acting as a form of art. After all, acting is all about learning and understanding the character designed for the role and appropriately showcasing their acts in different contexts as required by the structure of the story. Creativity loses its meaning when it is confined in a shell-like structure.  Works Cited Tran, Diep. “ Trending  Now: The Trans* Experience”.  American Theatre . 2016. Accessed, https://www.americantheatre.org/2016/02/04/trending-now-the-trans-experience/
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