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Hilary Swank Reflects on Boys Don't Cry Role Being 'Good Opportunity' for a Trans Actor, but Feels 'Actors Are Actors'

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Two decades after her Oscar-winning performance in Boys Don’t Cry as Brandon Teena, actress Hilary Swank has reflected on the role and addressed whether she would take on the transgender role now. Unsurprisingly, Swank shared her view on the evolving understanding of transgender issues, and concluded that she would not consider starring in the movie now. In a recent interview with The Times of London, Swank discussed the significant changes in attitudes towards transgender people since the film's 2000 release, which depicted the real-life story of a transgender man murdered in a hate crime.