Daniel Radcliffe Pulls A Gryffindor And Speaks Out Against Bigotry In Filmmaking

No magic spells necessary.

Most people see Hollywood as a progressive beacon that is very inclusive, but one major film actor is speaking out. 

While appearing as a guest on the BBC's The Victoria Derbyshire Show on Tuesday, actor Daniel Radcliffe was asked if Hollywood was racist and he said "it's pretty undeniable" what is going on.

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Gage Skidmare / Creative Commons.

The Harry Potter star also called out sexism in Hollywood by praising actress Jennifer Lawrence for her groundbreaking 2015 letter. He acknowledged that some movie departments are "predominantly male."

The 27-year-old went on to address the underlining homophobia he believes prevails in Hollywood. He said that very few major film actors decide to come out because of the fear of being typecast.

"In film, yeah, it's sad – because, again, we're in this industry that likes to see itself as being totally progressive and liberal, but there is a line where people go, 'oh no, people won't buy him as straight anymore,'" Radcliffe said.

This interview was not the first occasion in which Radcliffe spoke out against inequality in major motion pictures. And it is no secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem, with people of color, women and LGBT actors often excluded from major roles.

The good news is that the industry might be slowly changing for the better. Last year, after no actors of colors were nominated for an Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new initiative to increase diversity.

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