Former Harry Potter star criticizes film industry for failing to encourage diversity.
On the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme he voiced his concerns about gay actors’ ability to come out as LGBT in Hollywood.
When he was asked whether Hollywood has a problem with racism, Radcliffe was quick to say yes. “I think it’s pretty undeniable,” he said. “We like to think of ourselves as being a very, very progressive industry, but we have been lagging behind in all kinds of areas that have been very well documented.”
Radcliffe also said that the prejudice does not end at skin color. He also said that he feels for gay actors who are afraid to come out of the closer for fear that they’ll be typecast. “I suppose then people just want to cast you as gay,” he said.
He criticised the Republican US presidential candidate, Donald Trump, saying he had “stirred up” feelings of “fear and hatred”.
An advocate for LGBT rights in Hollywood, Radcliffe took on a gay role in 2013’s Kill My Darlings, when he played Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
The actor is currently promoting Imperium, in which he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover into a white supremacist group.