Kit Harington Says It’s Time for a Gay Actor to Play a Superhero

It's time to drop the notion that masculinity and homosexuality can't go hand in hand, he said.

Kit Harington, of Game of Thrones fame, called out a lack of representation in the superhero movie world, asking why a gay man has never been considered to play one of those much sought after roles.

“There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand,” Harington said, during an interview with Variety while at the Toronto Film Festival. “That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that gonna happen? That’s gotta happen.”

Harington was joined in the interview by his The Death and Life of John F. Donovan co-stars Emily Hampshire and Thandie Newton, as well as director Xavier Dolan.

Dolan noted that even when there are exceptions, people are quick to say someone is “too gay.”

“It’s changing,” said Newton, hopefully. “If you look at the sports industry, just the few people that have stepped into their true selves in an uncompromising way; if we look in ten years time, the effect that that will have. It is changing, but we have to get behind those changes and keep pushing it.”

“They free themselves (by coming out),” said Dolan, of actors who decide to go public with their true identities. “But they say, ’I’m now free, but I also know that I’m not going to get the career that I once wanted. But I’m at peace with that, because at least I can be who I am.'”

Watch the interview below.

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