ANYTHING but transgender. Bomer is a middle-aged obviously white privileged cisgender male. That Bomer could cast as a female sex worker boggles this transgender mind. But most Hollywood reports about ANYTHING remain inbounds of the unspoken cis-normative boundary without mention that once again a cisgender MAN has been cast to play a transgender woman.
The movie also stars Maura Tierney, Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham, and Melora Hardin. Mark Ruffalo and Great Point Media’s Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are executive producing.
“Anything” is based on McNeil’s play of the same name. Lynch plays a man who is suicidal over the death of his wife and moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he can be under the watchful eye of his protective sister, played by Tierney. He then begins an intense friendship with Bomer’s character, a transgendered sex worker. The unlikely new couple must reconcile their vastly different backgrounds as they fill the void in each other’s lives.
Out magazine was one exception to the cisgender transface rule sharing Jaimie Claytons tweets.
There’s precious little about the play “Anything” except this 2007 Theater review…..(LA): Anything by Tim McNeil at the Lillian Theatre
Anything was written by and stars Tim McNeil, a new member in his second collaboration with director Fofi (the first was Los Muertos). It is a compelling play about two lost souls: a Southern widower, Early Landry, and his transvestite prostitute neighbor, Freda Von Rhenberg (love the name). While the premise isn’t exactly new – there are many plays about two losers coming together to find a kind of salvation – this production is so well acted and directed it kept me captivated. The writing is also first rate, with some snappy dialogue and a great wry sense of humor. It is the humor which saves the play from being too improbable to accept. The characters never take themselves or their situation so seriously that they can’t at times make jokes, and good ones, at their own expense.
Tim McNeil plays Early, a Southern widower who has tried to commit suicide at least four times and is looking for an opportunity to try again. He is a rather pathetic creature, all awkward gestures, who speaks in a small, almost whispering voice as if he is worried everything might fall apart if he were to speak his mind or even speak out against his intrusive sister, a studio executive who is used to getting her way (well played, almost hissably so, by Cheryl Huggins). Honestly, he seemed rather retarded, but is later revealed to have a generous, interesting inner life.
His partner in all this is Louis Jacobs as the aforementioned Freda. Jacobs give an extraordinary performance as this beaten down, cynical transvestite who arrives at Early’s door after being beaten within an inch of his life. To watch him open up to the possibility of a real relationship with Early is something to behold. There isn’t a false moment between them and they handle the quick emotional changes with great ease.