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There is still prejudice against LGBTQ community: Eddie Redmayne

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, whose forthcoming "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" courted controversy for allegedly "airbrushing" a key character's sexuality, feels the world is changing for better for the LGBTQ community, but there are some prejudices that still prevail universally.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" stirred up a row when mentioned that Albus Dumbledore's sexuality would "not explicitly" be addressed in the It received backlash from the "Harry Potter" fans, saying the makers are trying to "airbrush" his sexuality.

has now addressed the whole issue, saying the is not trying to hide anything.

"The progress within the LGBTQ community internationally has been at different stages in different countries in different parts of the world," said here while addressing the controversy around it.

"And there is still quite a lot of prejudice against many people within that community all over the world, in this country and in my country (UK). But that is certainly not for J.K. Rowling," added the during a roundtable discussion here while promoting the Pictures project, which will open in on November 16.

Along with exploring a complex storyline and setting pace for the future, Redmayne's film "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" will also go back in the past to tease Dumbledore's sexuality.

The actor, who will be back as magizoologist Newt Scamander in the second part of the franchise, says the film will highlight "extraordinary intimacy" between Dumbledore, essayed by Jude Law, and

"Rowling has said that Dumbledore is gay and that was controversy because David said that it will not be explicitly shown. You don't see them kiss in the film. But it is very clear that they have... You see extraordinary intimacy and love in a brief moment."

"We will see more of their relationship (in the future)," he added.

Redmayne, who was applauded from all quarters for telling the story of a Danish painter finding his sexual identity despite the strong social stigma in "The Danish Girl", considers movies to be more than a medium to tell stories.

"Film is a way in which stories and people's lives are communicated. I think it is important in that sense because in that people connect with the stories that they wouldn't necessarily connect otherwise."

At the moment, is excited about "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald", which is the second in the planned five movies spin-off franchise from the "Harry Potter" films. The first part "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" came out in 2016.

"The first film was really about finding the character. It was really a specific script (with details) about the way he moved, the way he walked, he wouldn't look people in the eye and some of the things that he said what reminded me of someone with mild Asperger syndrome.

"So, I did a little research in that world, but I wasn't told about it. Also the term Asperger was not there in 1920s. The other thing was that I met trackers -- who follow creatures for a living. The way they move and the way they talk, that was kind of interesting."

According to Redmayne, who won an for his portrayal as in "The Theory Of Everything", the amazing thing that Rowling does is that she creates these fantastical worlds and characters "who are always so grounded in real(ity)".

The film also features Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, and It will release in in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 15:32 IST