6 Most Racist Casting Decisions in Film History Comments - Mania.com


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djphillips25 3/29/2010 7:51:55 AM

How can Jar Jar Binks be considered racist? Beacuse he's clumsy? So I guess Jack Tripper was an anti-white character. Jar Jar was a hero with a good heart who united two societies against a common foe and rose in the ranks of his society to become a senator. Gee people, don't follow that horrible example.

If anything, the Star Wars films were anti-British. Half of the Sith Lords and every Imperial Officer was from England.

AmbyWarhol 3/29/2010 7:55:33 AM

But, how cool would it be for Obama to be played by Brad Pitt in a movie?

The discussion of Racism and racist antics are only an issue when people feel uncomfortable for "whatever reason".  One of the ways to destroy the racist view is to actually discuss it openly and address just what makes certain things offensive to others and why.  None of these movies offend me because I am not insecure about who I am or about what others think of me (And I am Black by the way, at least, on the census I am).  But, recognizing the blemishes of racism in "cinema" (which is societies mirror) are a good start to people realizing and, maybe even purging themselves of their ignorance.  


ElBaz13 3/29/2010 8:03:13 AM

Could have made a top ten list of discriminating roles:

Notable omissions: 1) Marlon Wayans as Ripcord 2) the whole cast of Daredevil an american playing a greek, an african american playing a white, a irshman playing an american and a Bostonian playing an irish american. 3) Rosanna Arquette playing a french canadian in Whole Nine Yards 4) Rosie O'Donell playing Betty Rubble.

Hobbs 3/29/2010 8:12:27 AM

There was a movie that I saw a long time ago, think it was a hitchcock movie, where all these people are in a lifeboat and there wasn't enough room so the lone black guy was made to hang onto a rope in the water the whole movie.  That sheet is racist and you'll see a lot of that crap in the old black and white movies...especially that dude who wears the black paint and talks the way he does while doing a song and dance. 

I would hope we are well past that kind of stuff.  Those are the things I find offensive, I don't care what time period it was filmed in.

monkeyfoot 3/29/2010 8:13:24 AM

Isgrimmer, I immediately thought of Joel Grey in Remo Williams, too. At the time I know they received criticism for casting a white actor in an asian role. But again it came down to using a bankable star. At the time there were no well known asian actors, but here was an Oscar winning character actor who was well known who could do the job.

For my money, Joel Grey's portrayal of Chuin was the highlight of the film. In fact, he made the film. It had a silly plot and almost a cheap TV movie style of direction, IMHO. The most outstanding aspect of the movie was his role and the wonderful repartee he had with Fred Ward as Remo. I know there was even a push for him to be nominated for Best Supporting actor.

Kind of leaves me with a dilemma: Should the role have gone to an asian actor? Yes, definitely (If they do the remake they are planning I'm sure the role will go that way). Would the film have been nearly as enjoyable with someone other than Grey as Chuin? Probably not.

Wiseguy 3/29/2010 8:40:49 AM

I don't care about the race as long as we keep it AMERICAN baby, eff the rest.

Darkknight2280 3/29/2010 8:50:01 AM

Good point ElBAZ13..that whole cast was effed up (well so was the movie for that matter). In all reality i dont care if they change the race of certain characters if it makes sense. Dont just do it to DO IT. Liek that whole garbage abotu Will Smith playing Captain America, i would have flown to Hollywood myself to protest that live and in person! But i really didnt care so much about Kingpin, that character wasnt iconic as a white dude, but lets say if they made Luke Cage, Cloak (from Cloak and Dagger) or Shaft white...i would be up in arms!

Someone had mentioned Nick Fury being White int eh comics and black in just the movies. Well actually Nick Fur y is Black in the ultimate Universe, and he modeled him after Samuel L. Jackson. So that is a good casting (perfect really)

Wiseguy 3/29/2010 8:54:49 AM

I would rather an original story about Isaiah Bradley with Will Smith than some foreigner wearing Cap's red white and blue

DaForce1 3/29/2010 9:05:44 AM

C. Thomas Howell in "Soul Man". All I can say is, wow.

Wiseguy 3/29/2010 9:23:24 AM

That was better than White Chicks

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