Remember when Noah’s screenwriter explained that everyone in his movie was white because it was “mythical,” and because white people are apparently universal stand-ins for the human race?
Directed by Ridley Scott, the forthcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, and Aaron Paul as Joshua.
Why is everyone so mad? They found some dark-skinned people to play the guards and other servants /s
I bet they’ve tried to burn every last copy of the casting sheets for this.
I was really fucking annoyed when they cast whiney white boy Christian Bale to play Moses in Exodus (2014) and even whiter Australian white boy Joel Edgerton to play Rhamses.
But it’s okay, they have hired an actor who is a POC and of African descent, which is good because Exodus takes place in Africa. It’s all good guys.
Isn’t everything really okay and not racist now? Right?
Not only did a Latino actor not play Tony, who clearly in real life looks like a Chicano, but his ethnicity is stolen from the Latino community at a time when Latinos have been demonized. Our real Latino national heroes if acknowledged would dramatize our patriotism and contribution to the United States…
In “Argo” we have yet another instance where the public has been denied of an opportunity for all Americans to learn of an American Latino’s valor, talent and patriotism. This occurs because there has been no consequence to this behavior. It is time for a change.
Moctesuma Esparza on Ben Affleck’s Argo and the White-Washing of the Mexican-American. Esparza says:
The film actually goes out of its way to obscure Tony Mendez’ ethnicity. His name (Mendez) is mentioned only once and the character says he is from New York (Tony was born in Nevada from a mining family with six generations in Nevada and raised in Colorado). Nowhere in the movie does the viewer get that the hero is Mexican American.
Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Antonio “Tony” Mendez was very contained and had very little range, I don’t know what Tony personality is like to judge the portrayal but this did not impact the movie’s success or failure. It was an excellent role that would have elevated a Latino actor like Benjamin Bratt or Michael Peña.
Instead, like with the story of Guy Gabaldon, whose extraordinary achievements in the WWII Battle of Saipan, capturing, by himself, 1800 enemy soldiers, more than any other American soldier in the history of our country, was similarly white-washed as Jeffrey Hunter played him in the 1960 film, “Hell to Eternity.” But that was more than half a century ago, Argo is now.
In the closing credits, the photos of the real people portrayed are presented side-b- side with the actors’ photos showing the very close resemblance and care that was taken in the casting process to cast actors who looked like the real people. Yet, for the key role of Tony Mendez, the director/producer Ben Affleck chose a single long shot of Tony with President Carter where his image was not distinct or recognizable, breaking the pattern he had chosen for all the other real people depicted.
White privilege is being able to star in a person of color’s life story. See also: Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart and almost everyone in 21. Nevemind. I should have made a separate post. Sorry, folks.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ludicrous decision to hire white actors to fill the principal heroic roles of “The Last Airbender” — the gigabudget live-action adaptation of a hit animated series whose aesthetics, ideas and iconography are all deeply rooted in Asian culture — prompted a massive grass-roots protest campaign rallying fans to boycott the film’s July 1 release. Sadly, neither that effort nor widespread critical dismissal did much to dim the film’s opening: It earned $70 million over the Fourth of July weekend, on its way to a disappointing-but-not-disastrous $319 million global gross.
This lack of box-office consequences may have emboldened Hollywood producers to engage in further cinematic desaturation. Comic fans were aghast over whispers that Marvel was considering non-Asian actresses for the key role of Japanese American superteen Nico Minoru in its film adaptation of cult-fave comic “Runaways,” while in November, anime fans raged at the proposed players for Leo DiCaprio’s live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga masterpiece “Akira,” a cast featuring Morgan Freeman as military hardcase Colonel Shikishima, Zac Efron as hero biker-boy Shotaro Kaneda, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as psychic wunderkind Tetsuo Shima. To accommodate the, er, reimagined cast, the action has apparently been moved from futuristic NeoTokyo to equally dystopian Neo York (though word has it that many of the characters will actually be commuting from Neo Jersey). Rumors that the film will be retitled “Alvin” have gone unconfirmed.
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