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They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility
NPR ^ | March 22, 2014 | Kat Chow

Posted on 03/23/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Edited on 03/23/2014 5:50:57 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

As for Mara's ethnicity? She's not Native American. Folks are passing around an online petition that asks Warner Bros. to "stop casting white actors to play people of color."

2. If you're particularly ticked off when a white character is played by a person of color, then you're probably not pleased that Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Fruitvale Station), who is black, was cast as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four. Human Torch is a superhero who, as his name hints, can engulf his body in flames, control nearby fires and fly. When he's not on fire (though he usually is), the comics show that he's a blonde, white guy named Johnny Storm. (There was an android Human Torch once. To the extent that androids have ethnic identities, the android's was probably Anglo-Saxon.) If casting a black actor to play a white superhero irks you, this probably will, too.


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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: acting; comicbooks; disney; movies; race; racehustlin; revisionisthistory
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1 posted on 03/23/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m offended that there aren’t more black people depicted on all the crime shows......seems 99% of the crime committed is done by some white guy....that’s just not fair to the black actors.....:)


2 posted on 03/23/2014 3:55:24 PM PDT by cherry
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To: nickcarraway

“Folks have strong opinions about how the race of actors should or shouldn’t relate to the characters they play”

Nonsense.

Seriously. Who cares?


3 posted on 03/23/2014 3:56:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

There are more important things to get upset over like a traitor in the WH who is trying to destroy your nation when half the people in your country are willing to let him do it in the name of being color blind


4 posted on 03/23/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: nickcarraway

No mention of the awful casting in The Lone Ranger, in which not only did they cast Johnny Depp as Tonto, but then he foolishly asked some Indians what he should look like to be “authentic”. And they, with considerable wit, told him to look like a jackass with a crow on his head.


5 posted on 03/23/2014 3:58:02 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: cherry

They need to go to “Black Acting School”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoqmCwp95Q8


6 posted on 03/23/2014 3:58:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

By the way. THIS Tiger Lily (and the dance number) are absolutely adorable!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpKcSllexag


7 posted on 03/23/2014 3:59:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

>> who is black, was cast as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four. Human Torch is a superhero who, as his name hints, can engulf his body in flames, control nearby fires and fly. When he’s not on fire (though he usually is), the comics show that he’s a blonde, white guy named Johnny Storm.

So, if Johnny Storm is black, will Susan Storm (his sister aka The Invisble Girl and Reed Richards’ wife) also be black?

Will that cause a backlash in the afercan-mercan commoonty by having a female black superhero whose superpower is becoming invisible (a’la “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison)?

Is this a well-crafted racist dog whistle??


8 posted on 03/23/2014 4:01:17 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: nickcarraway

Look at all the things to get “mad” about!

Just like the leftist totalitarian Fascist takeover isn’t happening.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 4:04:10 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!
you're probably not pleased that Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Fruitvale Station), who is black, was cast as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four

Does that mean that the "Invisible Girl" is also going to be black and that Mr. Fantastic's wife is gonna be black?

Because she was the Human Torch's sister.

Stupid Politically Correct retro-fit historical revisionism.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 4:05:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Chickensoup

Well we could go back to discussing what the news channels are covering (a missing Malaysian airliner or Obama’s college basketball picks).

The ivory tower isn’t going to let The Golden Child’s failures of this nation come to public discussion.


11 posted on 03/23/2014 4:07:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: cherry

Why do we not demand affirmative action in films


12 posted on 03/23/2014 4:07:04 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
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To: dfwgator

Just the walk isn’t enough. You have to have the right clothes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWNQTqMkezc


13 posted on 03/23/2014 4:07:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ronnie raygun

The race hustlers do. But they get their hush money to go away rather than protesting the entertainment industry.


14 posted on 03/23/2014 4:09:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: ronnie raygun

Good question.

And we also want to know - How much for one rib?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNQRqAoT-2c


15 posted on 03/23/2014 4:11:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

“And in the never-ending ‘What Did Jesus Look Like’ battle...a Portuguese Catholic actor has been cast as Jesus in Son Of God...”

Well, that’s just silly. Everyone knows Jesus looks exactly like Jim Caviezel!

*SNORT*

And is the author of this piece REALLY named, ‘Kat Chow?’ Morris the Cat had BETTER play her in the movie version!

Will the leftist race-baiting never end? Probably not. It seems to be quite lucrative, as in ‘Filthy Lucre.’ (Titus 1:11)


16 posted on 03/23/2014 4:12:59 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m ticked off that Vulcans on Star Trek aren’t played by real Vulcans.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 4:15:35 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Kat Chow? But her boyfriend calls her Tender Vittles.


18 posted on 03/23/2014 4:18:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I saw a production of Der Fliegende Holländer at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus I think in 1990... if I recall correctly Senta was played by a large black woman... the production was rather “avant garde” with very odd sets... I distinctly recall the crowd booing and hissing. Tough crowd.


19 posted on 03/23/2014 4:20:23 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: nickcarraway

Step right up to the OutRage Smorgasbord. Come Aboard, A guaranteed HORRIBLE time for the entire family! Our motto is; You’ll Never Stop Complaining!! (or your money back)


20 posted on 03/23/2014 4:21:47 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: BenLurkin
Seriously. Who cares?


Courtney Cox and David Schwimmer, brother and sister. (Friends)

Elizabeth McGovern and Paul Giamatti, brother and sister. (Downton Abbey)

Sabrina Le Beauf, the oldest Huxtable daughter. (The Cosby Show)

Jon Voight and Nicolas Cage, father and son. (National Treasure)

Seriously?

21 posted on 03/23/2014 4:21:54 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t forget Mickey Rooney as the Japanese guy upstairs in Breakfast at Tiffanys!


22 posted on 03/23/2014 4:24:12 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Albion Wilde

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/wacky.wav


23 posted on 03/23/2014 4:25:08 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway; Bender2; Perdogg; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; NFHale; goldstategop
Rooney Mara being cast as Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan movie, Pan. In the Peter Pan that many of us grew up reading and loving, Tiger Lily is Native American.

If they wanted a name actress they didn't really have a "Native American" option.

No mention of why Kahn in the last Star Trek movie was played by a pale Englishman, purportedly so a darker skinned actor wouldn't have to play the villain.

24 posted on 03/23/2014 4:26:00 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Dr. Sivana

An excellent performance — in an absolutely wonderful motion picture.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 4:26:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

I always think these things are funny. I don’t care what color they are, are they any good? People need to stop counting color, it’s the fast way to sound like a retard.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 4:27:09 PM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: nickcarraway

Worst casting choices in Hollywood history had nothing to do with race and ethnicity. Some actors just plain suck at certain roles. Redford sucked as Gatsby and Cruise sucked as LeStat.


27 posted on 03/23/2014 4:28:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, America’s swirling down the drain and this is important?


28 posted on 03/23/2014 4:29:23 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: nickcarraway

Perhaps white men should be upset because Peter Pan is almost always played by an actress.


29 posted on 03/23/2014 4:35:07 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Kirkwood

30 posted on 03/23/2014 4:40:48 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: nickcarraway

They are actors. They pretend to be someone they are not.

So what is the problem?


31 posted on 03/23/2014 4:47:00 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Redford sucked as Gatsby and Cruise sucked as LeStat.

But you gotta admit, John Wayne was brilliant as Genghis Khan.

Well, pretty good.

Uh, adequate.

OK, he sucked.

32 posted on 03/23/2014 4:48:33 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway
Jeff Goldblum's black daughter in "The Lost World" was one of the silliest I had ever seen.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 4:51:33 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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Why couldn't they have gotten a Mongol?


34 posted on 03/23/2014 4:51:56 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: Mr Rogers

Didn’t research show that 33% or more people in the U.S. were descendants of Genghis Khan. (Or Jingin Khan, if you are John Kerry)


35 posted on 03/23/2014 4:53:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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As one who grew up with BLUE EYED Indians in the 50s, who cares. They are ACTING. If Jeffrey Hunter could make me believe he was Guy Gabaldon or John Wayne as Genghis Khan for God’s sake, then today’s Hollywood can have Samuel L. Jackson play Stonewall Jackson. If he can pull it off, more power to him. Just make sure the beard and quotes are correct, that’s all I ask.


36 posted on 03/23/2014 4:55:43 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: nickcarraway

Seeing that Johnny Storm is Sue Storm’s younger brother, are the film’s producers going to have her also as black? Of course that would make it a white Reed Richards married to a Black Sue Storm Richards.


37 posted on 03/23/2014 5:02:31 PM PDT by GreyFriar ( Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: nickcarraway

So Zorba the Greek shouldn’t have been played by a Mexican American
The problem here is that the character is a fantasy... heh. Dancing with Tigers?


38 posted on 03/23/2014 5:03:08 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: Impy
Oh, I don't know...this gal can act pretty good...
39 posted on 03/23/2014 5:10:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway
i get confused... am i supposed to say "people of color" or "colored people", and what, specifically, is the difference???



40 posted on 03/23/2014 5:12:11 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nickcarraway

what???


41 posted on 03/23/2014 5:13:19 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Albion Wilde
By the way, April Webster and/or Erica L. Silverman deserve an award for casting these two as father and son...

Superb job!

42 posted on 03/23/2014 5:18:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: GreyFriar
Seeing that Johnny Storm is Sue Storm’s younger brother, are the film’s producers going to have her also as black? Of course that would make it a white Reed Richards married to a Black Sue Storm Richards.

Just don't let them have a child and do a Cheerios commercial. That'll really set them off.

43 posted on 03/23/2014 5:19:51 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Impy; nickcarraway; Bender2; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; NFHale; goldstategop
Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily pretty much rules out that I'll watch it. It's like when they announced Megan Fox will be playing April O'Neill in new Ninja Turtles movie or Jack Black would be playing Lemuel Guillver in a "modern take" on Guilliver's Travels. You know from the start it will be crap (I even refused to watch Man of Steel when I found Laurence Fishburne was playing Perry "Great Caesar's Ghost!" White and the storyline would be a remake/rip-off/rehash of Superman II)

Interesting enough, they recently did a Peter Pan prequel on the Sci-Fi channel that purposely "reimagined" it as a more sci-fi themed concept (all the human inhabitants of Neverland are people that were brought to the planet from different time periods in earth's history via an orb that's a time vortex... the pirates are from the 1600s, Peter is from 19th century London etc.) That version radically departed from the "traditional" Peter Pan origin story on purpose, and even it was far more faithful with the casting... Q'orianka Kilcher was Tiger Lily, and in a huge casting coup, they managed to get Bob Hoskins back to reprise his role as Smee, 20 years after he had played the role in Hook).

The alternative origin story didn't really work well, but it did resolve some plotholes that arise in the traditional origin story (if nobody ages in Neverland, why did Peter Pan continue to age when he was brought there as an infant, then suddenly stop aging when he was 13ish?). In the new take, he's brought to Neverland when he's about 16 years old, and he knew James Hook back in London, when the latter had a very different occupation than Pirate (Hook basically stumbles on the pirate ship in this version and they make him their leader because they're so impressed by his skills, which was BS in my opinion) The ending was also a letdown, but much of it was far more interesting than anything they're presenting in the latest Peter Pan cash grab. If you're curious, check out the Neverland trailer on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHsg_cl011s

44 posted on 03/23/2014 5:22:33 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Tupelo
As one who grew up with BLUE EYED Indians in the 50s, who cares. They are ACTING. If Jeffrey Hunter could make me believe he was Guy Gabaldon or John Wayne as Genghis Khan for God’s sake, then today’s Hollywood can have Samuel L. Jackson play Stonewall Jackson. If he can pull it off, more power to him. Just make sure the beard and quotes are correct, that’s all I ask.


45 posted on 03/23/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: BenLurkin

Nice!


46 posted on 03/23/2014 5:24:28 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Chode
i get confused... am i supposed to say "people of color" or "colored people", and what, specifically, is the difference???

Either way, you're wrong.

47 posted on 03/23/2014 5:27:36 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: nickcarraway

And Leonardo DiCaprio looks about as Irish as I look Italian.


48 posted on 03/23/2014 5:27:43 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: BenLurkin

Ugga wugga meatball!


49 posted on 03/23/2014 5:31:26 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: mountn man
story of my life...
50 posted on 03/23/2014 5:32:13 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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