Mark Ruffalo, an executive producer on the upcoming movie Anything, has responded to the uproar over casting Matt Bomer to play a transgender woman in the film.

Based on the Timothy McNeil's play of the same name, Anything tells the story of a despondent man (played by John Carroll Lynch) who finds love with a transgender sex worker after the death of his wife.

Jen Richards, the star and creator of the web series Her Story, was among those who criticized the decision to cast Bomer, an openly gay actor, to play the film's transgender role.

“When @MattBomer plays a trans sex worker, he is telling the world that underneath it all, trans women like me are still really just men,” Richards tweeted.

In a series of tweets, Ruffalo responded to the controversy.

“To the Trans community. I hear you. It's wrenching to see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It's time,” Ruffalo messaged.

“In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making The Normal Heart,” he added.