Tom Hanks opened up on straight performers playing LGBTQ characters, saying he would not accept a role in such circumstances in current times after winning an Oscar for his performance of a gay man living with the HIV virus in the 1993 movie Philadelphia.The Academy Award winner, 65, speaking with The New York Times Magazine Monday, said, ‘Let’s address, “Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?” No, and rightly so.’Hanks in the film portrayed the role of lawyer Andrew Beckett, a gay man who is fired from his law firm after his bosses discover details about his personal life.

The latest:Tom Hanks, 65, opened up on straight performers playing LGBTQ characters, saying he would not accept a role in such circumstances in current times after winning an Oscar for his performance of a gay man living with the HIV virus in the 1993 movie Philadelphia.

He was snapped in Memphis earlier this monthHe said that ‘the whole point of Philadelphia was don’t be afraid,’ and that ‘one of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that [he] was playing a gay man.’We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.’ Hanks added, ‘It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo that someone would say we are going to demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity.