Jaye Davidson

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Jaye Davidson
Born
Alfred Amey[1]

(1968-03-21) March 21, 1968 (age 51)[2]
OccupationActor, model
Years active1992–1996; 2009

Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey; March 21, 1968) is an American-born English[citation needed] model and retired actor. He is best known for his role as the transgender woman Dil in the 1992 suspense-drama thriller film The Crying Game.[3][1] Davidson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Crying Game. He also appeared in 1994's Stargate as the god-like Ra.

Career[edit]

Davidson, who had no prior professional acting experience, was discovered at a wrap party for Derek Jarman's Edward II and was invited to audition for The Crying Game.[4] He was cast in the role of Dil.[5] The film was a critical and popular success.[6] It is known for a surprise plot twist: A love scene in which Dil undresses and main character Fergus (played by Stephen Rea) discovers that Dil is transgender. The scene required full-frontal nudity.[7] Rea later said, "'If Jaye hadn’t been a completely convincing woman, my character would have looked stupid'". When the film was released, Miramax requested that reviewers keep Davidson's gender a secret.[4]

For his work in The Crying Game, Davidson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor[8][9] and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993.[10] Davidson also received nominations for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor[11] and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress in 1993.[11]

Davidson starred as Ra, an alien impersonating a god,[12] in the 1994 science fiction adventure film Stargate.[13][14] His fee was $1m.[15]

Davidson later retired from acting,[5] stating that he "genuinely hated the fame" he was receiving. He became more involved in modeling, and has since worked on several high-profile photo shoots.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Davidson was born in California, but grew up in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, England.[17] His father is a black African and his mother is a white Englishwoman.[18]

Davidson is gay. During his acting career, he said that his androgynous look alienated him within the gay community; he stated that gay men "love very masculine men. And I'm not a very masculine person. I'm reasonably thin. I have long hair, which isn't very popular with gay men."[19] He later adopted a more traditionally masculine look, with a shaved head, tattoos, and a more muscular physique.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1992 The Crying Game Dil Neil Jordan National Board of Review Award for Most Auspicious Debut[21]
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor[22]
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor[8][9]
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role[10]
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor[11]
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress[11]
1994 Stargate Ra Roland Emmerich
1996 Catwalk Himself Documentary
2009 The Borghilde Project Nazi photographer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Jiggery Pokery Jo Television movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jaye Davidson". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Jaye Davidson". IMDb.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (17 December 1992). "INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH: Jaye Davidson; A Star to Match A Mystery Role". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b Giles, Jeff; Giles, Jeff (1 April 1993). "Jaye Davidson: Oscar's Big Surprise".
  5. ^ a b Brady, Tara. "'The Crying Game': 'They wanted me to cast a woman that was pretending to be a man'". The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "Neil Jordan's suprise [sic] hit". EW.com.
  7. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (5 December 2014). "Stephen Rea on The Crying Game's Surprise Penis". Vulture.com. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b Academy Award Editors (March 7, 1993). "The 6th Academy Awards 1993". 65th Academy Awards. Retrieved October 31, 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  9. ^ a b AMC FilmSite Editors (March 7, 2015). "1992 Academy Awards® Winners and History". AMC FilmSite. Retrieved October 31, 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ a b BAFTA Editors (January 4, 1993). "Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993". BAFTA. Retrieved October 31, 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ a b c d Adler, Tony (March 7, 1993). "Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  12. ^ Times, Stephanie Dolgoff, New York. "EGYPTOLOGIST GUIDES 'STARGATE' CAST IN HIEROGLYPHICS-SPEAK". OrlandoSentinel.com.
  13. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/stargatepg13hinson_a019b2.htm
  14. ^ LeVasseur, Andrea (2010). "Jaye Davidson". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  15. ^ https://stack.com.au/film-tv/whatever-happened-to-jaye-davidson/
  16. ^ Vincent, Alice. "Oscars flashback: whatever happened to Gilbert Grape's mama?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  17. ^ Celebrities with a connection to Borehamwood and Elstree - Borehamwood and Elstree Times - Discussion on Topix Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  18. ^ Maslin, Janet (17 December 1992). "INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH: Jaye Davidson; A Star to Match A Mystery Role" – via NYTimes.com.
  19. ^ Giles, Jeff (22 March 1993). "The Open Secret -- In A Rare Interview, Jaye Davidson Leaves Nothing To The Imagination When Discussing The Oscar-Nominated Film, 'The Crying Game'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Jaye Davidson - Where are they now?". Virgin Media. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  21. ^ Cohn, Lawrence (February 24, 1993). "No-shows beset Griffith Awards". Variety. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  22. ^ J. Fox, David (January 4, 1993). "'Unforgiven' Tops National Critics' List : Awards: Clint Eastwood film is picked as best movie of '92, Eastwood as best director, David Webb Peoples' tale as best screenplay". The LA Times. Retrieved October 31, 2015.

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