Skip to comments.Idris Elba defends Thor film role
Posted on 07/16/2010 5:54:21 AM PDT by VU4G10Edited on 07/16/2010 6:06:42 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Even for an actor who has played a vampire-hunter with a guilty conscience, a Baltimore crime lord with a taste for Adam Smith, and an asset manager with a stalker, the role of the Norse deity Heimdall – guardian of the burning rainbow bridge between the world of men and the world of gods – was always going to be a bit of a challenge.
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“I think we will see that and I think thats good.’
However, I am glad Idris has found work. he was great in Ultraviolet (not the movie, the series).
At least he got that right.
Man is embracing himself as the ultimate source of all wisdom and goodness, and as such greater follies are certain.
This is carrying PC way too far.
They always do this now... Look at the Perfect Storm movie... Where did the black guy come from, don’t remember him in the book. I call it the Lando Calrissian effect.
It’s for the children.
Who have they cast as Thor?
People sure do get their panties in a wad over the dumbest things.
Funny, I thought of Losers myself.
A black man as Heimdall is ok, but cast a white as Cleopatra and it’s the end of the world.
“Surt will be played by a Malaysian woman” ping.
[and Geri and Frekki will be recast as French Poodles]
...or having Mel Gibson play Shaka Zulu...
Its a cheap stunt to garner buzz. Lame.
'Scuse me, "the Nords"?
Maybe it's a planned anachronism. Lots of Africans live in Norway now.
True, except that would go against the politically correct aspect of the back-ass-wardness of the current age.
There would be outrage from those, such as the always fair minded NAACP, over the ridiculousness of such casting.
Not only is the United States racing to be an idiocracy, so is much of the world.
Given recent events he could probably pull it off.
Its OK, answered my own question. Thor will be played by Chris Hemsworth.
I can’t wait for Kevin Spacey’s triumphant role as Martin Luther King!!
I can see it now:
Mel Gibson in "The Story of Jesse Jackson, Race Baiter"
Clint Eastwood as Uncle Remus in a remake of "Song of the South"
Russell Crowe in the lead role in a new "Malcolm X" movie.
and... Hillary Duff in "the Life and Death of Michael Jackson".
It'll be GREAT!!!
Samuel L. Jackson?
Yep, cast a white woman as one of history's most famous white women, and the professional race-baiting grievance industry revs into gear.
That's nothing, wait until Jim Carrey takes on the title role in Shaft:
"Shut yo' mouth...allllllll-rightee-then."
Chris Hemsworth has stepped down, here is the new THOR!!!
Blacks were Nordic Viking too? /s
The interesting part of this is that the industry can count on a certain percentage of the population to give of it's time and treasure to Obamawood no matter what.
The flickering screen has always had an historic and hypnotic hold on X numbers of the population....and it always will.
No matter what garbage and propaganda is ground out by the studios these days, they can always count on enough of a zombie paying audience that is evidently sustainable for the industry.
>>> By miss casting the title role the movie is sure to be a box office flop.
I have no particular opinion about the actor playing the title role, but the title role is not Heimdall. If they want a black Heimdall, why not?
For what it’s worth, I similarly was initially against the black actor being cast in the Spiderman movie as the Kingpin. Kingpin wasn’t black. After a couple minutes I let it go, recognizing the Green Mile actor other then for his skin color was actually an excellent choice.
Heimdall is a son of Odin and is the watchmen of the gods at Bifrost, the bridge that links Asgard and Midgard. He will sound the Gjallarhorn to call the gods to Ragnarok when the Frost Giants attack.
However he is also the son of nine maidens, who are also sisters. What these maidens were is the subject of conjecture. Some say they were the waves of the sea, some that they were giantesses or even valkyries. Their names, though, have been recorded: Gjalp, Greip, Eistla, Eyrgiafa, Ulfun, Angeyja, Imdr, Atla and Jarnsaxa.
As Rig he is the father of mankind. With his sons, Thrall, Karl and Jarl.
So actually, if you consider it there is no reason why you can’t have a black Aesir. Odin was a man about town. “It’s good to be da king”.
Just what we need, another God-like being with no birth certificate, LOL
Untwist your panties and pull up your big boy pants. Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing” had Denzel Washington playing the Italian Prince “Don Pedro” with Keanu Reeves as his brother. That was close to 15 years ago.
It’s no big deal.
And those were casting mistakes. Denzel is a favorite actor of mine, but he really did not read Shakespeare well, IMO. Keanu Reeves was awful, and Michael Keaton was not funny in one of Shakespeare's funniest roles (Dogberry).
Branagh likewise made casting errors in Hamlet with Jack Lemmon godawful as Marcellus and Billy Crystal and Robin Williams adding nothing to the proceedings, either.
Branagh seems to think such casting will bring in more non-Shakespeareans. All he does is bring his films down when he casts people who are wrong for their roles. You are correct that this type of casting is nothing new with Branagh. Looks like he will make similar mistakes with this new Thor film.
Does anyone remember the Disney Cinderella where Cinderella was black, the prince Filipino, the queen black, the king white and the evil stepmother white with one black and one white daughter?
I was such a fan of the Lesley Ann Warren one back in the sixties, but this was unwatchable. I can accept a fairy godmother who looks whatever but the multiracial families were ludicrous. What a turnoff.
I was their natural audience for that film, I couldn't even get through it. If they wanted to make a black Cinderella, make a black Cinderella. But a black royal and a white royal make a filapino? Geez.
I feel the same way about the Thor film. Black actors are fine, but this one is so in your face see how wonderfully multicultural we are. It's a turn off. It's not the black and white people that turn me off. It's the obnoxious thing that "We are denying the whole original story to shove our PC correctness in your face" thing.
I agree that Keanu was awful and Keaton was off as Dogberry, but Denzel was terrific! If you don’t agree that he was good, we are going to just disagree on that point forever.
He is a good actor at least.
Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffanys
Heimdall is known as “the father of mankind” because among his children were slaves, freemen and princes. His sons were not named Thrall Karl and Jarl; Thrall means slave, Karl means freeman, and Jarl means lord or prince.
Odin was indeed famous for wandering, and who knows where he picked up those nine sisters!
Hopefully, like Kingpin in Daredevil (not Spiderman), the actor in the roll will transcend his skin color and play a good character.
Oh, Denzel was not awful in Much Ado by any means. I just thought he was a tad uncomfortable with the verse.
Ha! I had forgotten that one. Thanks.
He’s from the “economically distressed” section of Asgard! ;)
... and Bea Arthur as Odin, the All-Father! ;)
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