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Elle Fanning Had A 'Big Mountain To Climb' For 'About Ray', Director Says

Elle Fanning Had A 'Big Mountain To Climb' For 'About Ray', Director Says

Elle Fanning walks side by side boyfriend Zalman Band while heading to the movies in Hollywood on Tuesday night (August 18).

Earlier in the day, the 17-year-old actress’ older sister Dakota was seen running a few errands around town.

“I could not have chosen a more blonde, more feminine actress who had a big a mountain to climb,” director Gaby Dellal told Refinery29 about casting Elle in About Ray. “And that’s what I’m interested in.”

She added about the role, “The part is a girl and she is a girl who is presenting in a very ineffectual way as a boy. She’s not pretending to have a deeper voice. She’s just a girl who is being herself and is chasing the opportunity to start hormone treatment. So to actually use a trans boy was not an option because this isn’t what my story is about.”

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Posted to: Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Zalman Band

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  • Emma

    This director is really dumb. She misgender Ray character using female pronouns when discussing Ray (in interviews).

  • Kristy

    “The part is a girl and she is a girl who is presenting in a very ineffectual way as a boy.”
    WTF? This director is a mess

  • Cass

    I was willing to let many things slide about this movie but this director f u cked up big f u cking time here. How do you expect anyone to watch your movie mate? You dont respect the g oddamn story!! The whole interview is 10x worse
    On why not casting a transperson for the part: well thats not MY story, I saw MY story w a confused girl
    You can go to h e l l, son. Thats all

  • Lolle

    The director sounds very dumb about the matter of her own movie. She uses only female pronouns to describe Ray and said “The part is a girl and she is a girl who is presenting in a very ineffectual way as a boy”
    Awful

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