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Jim Parsons, Claire Danes on Making Gender Identity Drama 'A Kid Like Jake' in Trump Era

“We made this for Trump, as I said,” director Silas Howard joked about his film “A Kid Like Jake.” “I see this movie not as a trans film, it’s really about a kid figuring out.”

Howard stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Sundance Film Festival with stars Octavia Spencer, Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, and Priyanka Chopra to discuss the implications of making a gender identity family drama in the Trump era.

“While we were making the film, the world around us was reminding us why it’s important to teach ourselves, be out of our comfort zone, learn phrases, understand how this younger generation is coming of age because they’re more open,” Howard continued. “You just see the whole thing of just trying to dehumanize. This is a time of so much dehumanizing by the Trump administration.”

Silas continued, “The bathroom law, which is a long standing way to say, ‘You’re not a person.’ The military ban, it was just creating chaos to distract. I felt the influences, which is different than what the movie is talking about. I think the movie is really this universal community and family grappling with raising a kid and relating to each other. But I felt the influences of this administration, as we all do. So many people are just on a daily under attack.”

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