Without a doubt, The Crying Game is one of Neil Jordan’s finest work and to a large extent, the Irish screenwriter and director has Jaye Davidson to thank for the critical and commercial success that the 1992 British thriller film enjoyed. With a budget of £2.3 million, the suspense film was able to pull £2 million and $62.5 million at the UK and US Box office. Apart from the British Film Institute recognizing The Crying Game as one of the greatest British films of all time, it received other prestigious recognition including the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and a few other nominations for Oscar.
Even, Jaye received the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to that, he won the National Board of Review Award for Most Auspicious Debut and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. Considering the fact that it was his debut as an actor, it was widely anticipated that Jaye would get to become a phenomenal figure in the industry. This wouldn’t happen as he has left many wondering what he’s been up to for a very long time. Want to learn more about Jaye Davidson? Come with us…
Who Is Jaye Davidson of Crying Game
Famed for his portrayal of a transgender woman in The Crying Game, you will easily find that Jaye Davidson is a retired actor and an English model who was born in the United States of America, precisely, in Riverside, California. Also, it is no secret that he was born on the 21st of March 1968. What you may be surprised to discover is that Jaye Davidson isn’t his real name. He adopted the name for reasons we are yet to uncover as he was named Alfred Amey at birth.
Did you know that the retired actor has African roots? Yeah, even as he was born in America and his mother an English woman, his father hails from Ghana. About 2 and a half year after he was born, his family decided to relocate to England. They settled in Hertfordshire where Jaye spent most of his childhood. It is hard to tell how he was raised alongside his two sisters, just as the details of his education have been very vague. Nevertheless, it is said that Jaye abandoned school when he was 16 and started doing various odd jobs as a means of securing the necessities of life.
Jaye Davidson is one of the not-too-many individuals who stormed the acting industry and thrived thereof without having any acting experience. The genesis of his career as a professional actor has been traced to a bar. As the story goes, he was discovered at a warp party for Edward II, the 1991 British historical film directed by Derek Jarman. It is said that his masculine and feminine body features made a casting associate believe he would be a perfect fit for the role of Dil in The Crying Game. Davidson was working as a fashion designer then and had no interest in becoming an actor. He only took the role because of the money involved; little did he know that it would make him a very popular individual.
As stated earlier, The Crying Game became a big success and brought him a handful of prestigious accolades. In addition to that, he was sought-after for other roles. But then, Jaye Davidson didn’t enjoy the fame that followed being Dil. In fact, he expressed a desire to not win the Oscar when he was nominated for it, asserting that he isn’t an actor. Anyway, playing Dil brought him an offer he couldn’t resist in 1994’s Stargate where he played Ra. He made a demand of $1 million believing it would make the producers take their offer elsewhere but they accepted his demand and he was left with no option but to portray the character.
Apart from Stargate and The Crying Game, you will find Jaye Davidson in 1996’s Catwalk, as Jo in the TV movie Jiggery Pokery (1994), and as a Nazi photographer in 2009’s The Borghild Project.
Where Is He Now?
On several occasions, Jaye Davidson expressed his dislike for the vast attention he received after he played Dil. On that account, it is not a surprise to many of his fans that he hasn’t been a part of more works in the industry. It is believed that he went back to what he was doing before he became an actor. He’s into fashion and modeling.