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'Many' male actors turned down The Suffragette because roles were too small

Published 14/10/2015 | 10:36

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Actors (L-R) Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Romola Garai keep warm during a break in filming of the movie Suffragette at Parliament on April 11, 2014 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Actors (L-R) Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Romola Garai keep warm during a break in filming of the movie Suffragette at Parliament on April 11, 2014 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Actors (L-R) Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter take part in filming of the movie Suffragette at Parliament on April 11, 2014 in London, England. This is the first time filming for a movie has been allowed in The Houses of Parliament.
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The Suffragette screenwriter Abi Morgan has revealed that 'many' male actors turned down roles in the movie because the parts were too small.

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"When we came to cast this film it was very difficult, because we kept getting calls from agents saying the male parts weren't big enough," she said at the BFI London Film Festival.

"So it's a huge tribute to Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Samuel West and Finbar Lynch that they took on these parts. One of the things that I really wanted to try and do was, although they are smaller and supporting roles, they are complex.”

The male roles are supporting roles with Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff heading up the cast in the lead roles.

Morgan did not agree that there were not any sympathetic male characters in the film.

"I think one of the things that's really interesting is they are all going on their journey," she added.

"Certainly for Ben, he's a man out of his time; for Brendan, he's a man trying to uphold the law, who then starts to question the law; for Samuel unfortunately there's very little enlightenment.

"But I do think it's very clear that he's a man who controls the world through his wife, and her wealth."

The Suffragette is in cinemas now.

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