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Emma Thompson Muses On Gender-Blind Casting & Says She Wants To Play Sherlock

Emma Thompson Muses On Gender-Blind Casting & Says She Wants To Play SherlockTwo-time Academy Award-winning star of stage and screen Emma Thompson shares her erudite insight into the art of acting and muses on gender-blind casting as part of a new interview, including what legendary character she wishes to portray in the future.

Largely inspired to discuss gender-reversed roles by the acclaimed 2013 UK mounting of JULIUS CAESAR featuring an all-female cast, Thompson illustrates her unique perspective on the issue by posing the question, "Is the heroic role unisex?"

Thompson elaborates, "Or does it mean there is an area of life which remains unexplored, which contains stories which remain untold? I suspect that's the case and it will be very interesting as this generation gets into its stride to see what those stories turn out to be."

Furthermore, Thompson shares that she has a particular male role in mind that she would like to essay someday - that of iconic Arthur Conan Doyle sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

"I have always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan... I would love to play a character like that, but that's a problem if you're a female. I'm always likely to be overlooked for not being male," Thompson says.

Thompson concludes of the fairer sex, "Having to look pretty, that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort."

Check out the original article on the matter here.

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.