As part of an in-depth interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about his latest movie ‘Widows’, film director Steve McQueen shared insight on how he feels about the portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters in Hollywood.
Discussing the importance of having meaningful representation in film, McQueen said: “There are so many heads of studios, talent agencies in Hollywood yet have you ever seen a gay character just being a gay character, just being a detective, just being a person who is in a romantic comedy?”
Yet the powers behind these agencies or studios are gay themselves but they never promote in a way who they are as human beings?
In answer to his own question, McQueen pondered that it was “possibly because they don’t think it will make money?”
The interview also saw McQueen explain how he isn’t fazed by not being nominated for a Golden Globe for his latest film, explaining that “I have my own thermometer in which I measure myself”. He also discussed the importance of diversity in Hollywood, crediting actress Viola Davis for being visible as a black artist in film.
On Viola Davis’ speech at the Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Power 100, McQueen said: “it is one of the most extraordinary speeches ever about black artists in film, in Hollywood ever.”
The whole idea is to be recognised, be visible, be given a space on screen in a real way and show your full capacity as a human being.
You can see part of Steve McQueen’s interview with Christiane Amanpour for CNN below.
‘Widows’ is released in cinemas nationwide now.