‘Strike’ star Tom Burke received media training from JK Rowling amid trans row

Tom Burke says he requested media training from the BBC to help him handle questions about JK Rowling’s strident views on transgender rights.

Burke is currently on the publicity track for Furiosa: A Mad Max Sagabut recently filmed season 6 of the BBC/HBO series. Strikethat Rowling writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The actor said The independent who asked for media training before an interview with the publication, during which he was careful to remain neutral on the trans debate.

“I’ll start all of this by saying that what I want for that situation is for it to get better,” he said. “I want those disparate groups to find a solution. I don’t want to say anything in the wrong context, or at the wrong time, which is going to make the situation worse, because it’s not pleasant, right? “There is a lot of antipathy.”

He added: “I hate this term ‘culture war’… Maybe it’s naive of me to say that, but I don’t want to be a part of it. “I want to bring people together.”

Burke said his “integrity is going well” in starring StrikeDespite a well-documented backlash against Rowling’s views, even from Harry Potter stars like Daniel Radcliffe.

Burke said he did not want to take sides in the debate, but said he had sympathy for anyone who has faced “any type of anger” for expressing their views.

“My integrity is to walk away,” he said. “I’m aware that that might mean people think I’m indecisive; It’s just what feels good to me right now. I’m not saying I’ll never speak; It’s not that I don’t feel part of it. I just want to say something that will be useful for the resolution.”

Burke stars Strike as Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective. Season 6 will be adapted The heart black as ink, which has echoes of Rowling’s own experience of being caught up in the culture wars. It centers on the murder of a successful YouTube animator after she became the target of relentless online hate. At one point, Edie Ledwell is accused of being transphobic.

Rowling has been clear that the character is not based on her own life, but acknowledges that she experienced similar hate online during and after writing the novel, published in August 2022.

Season 5, Strike: turbulent blood, premiered in December 2022 with 8 million viewers for BBC1. It averaged 6.9 million over the course of its four-part series.