Linda Hunt

“The Year of Living Dangerously”<br>
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Th diminutive actress is the only performer to date to win an Oscar for actually playing a member of the opposite sex. She won the 1983 supporting actress Oscar for her complex turn as Billy Kwan, a half-Chinese/half-European dwarf photographer who wears gaudy shirts and seems to know everyone and everything. Peter Weir’s romantic drama, set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, casts Mel Gibson as a young Australian journalist who is befriended by Billy, and Sigourney Weaver as a British diplomat. Billy introduces Gibson and Weaver and the two begin to have an affair. Billy, who had once asked Weaver to marry him, becomes jealous as the two begin to leave him out of their lives.<br>
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Weir had initially cast a man as Billy, but gave him his walking papers during rehearsals. Astonished by the veteran New York stage actress’ audition, he cast her despite her desire that he rewrite Billy as a woman. Hunt later admitted that she went through a lot of emotional suffering during the shoot when waiters and others would refer to her as a man in real life.
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“The Year of Living Dangerously”

Th diminutive actress is the only performer to date to win an Oscar for actually playing a member of the opposite sex. She won the 1983 supporting actress Oscar for her complex turn as Billy Kwan, a half-Chinese/half-European dwarf photographer who wears gaudy shirts and seems to know everyone and everything. Peter Weir’s romantic drama, set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, casts Mel Gibson as a young Australian journalist who is befriended by Billy, and Sigourney Weaver as a British diplomat. Billy introduces Gibson and Weaver and the two begin to have an affair. Billy, who had once asked Weaver to marry him, becomes jealous as the two begin to leave him out of their lives.

Weir had initially cast a man as Billy, but gave him his walking papers during rehearsals. Astonished by the veteran New York stage actress’ audition, he cast her despite her desire that he rewrite Billy as a woman. Hunt later admitted that she went through a lot of emotional suffering during the shoot when waiters and others would refer to her as a man in real life.

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