Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, and Why Everyone Needs to Shut Up About Black Actors Playing "White" Characters

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Everyone needs to shut up about black actors playing "white" characters.

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    12.16.10 at 7:52 pmLance Manning@ LarryBrings me to my point.*In mock Farrakahn voice* White people had White Jesus this whole time that leokod nothing like the real one. Now they're getting mad because a comic book character isn't white!? See this is what I'm talking about. First ya'll take people's land, then our freedom, then you take rock and roll, and now you want to You know what? Forget this! *takes out gun. fires shot in the air* Everybody On The Ground! Empty Your Pockets And Drop It In The Bag!!!

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    STOP using the Shaft excuse please... first off all that's a "Blaxploitation" character look It up! James Bond Is not a "WHITEPLOITATION" character get over It! He can be any color, AND IF THEY DID MAKE A SHAFT MOVIE WITH A WHITE GUY I WOULD GO SEE IT MICHAEL CERA AS SHAFT WOULD BE EPIC! And FRED get out of here with that Obama bull wake up! The world Is full of diff colors and nationalities get over IT!
    They made Spiderman a black kid, Nick Fury a black guy. You think Avengers and Ultimate Spiderman are doing horrible with sales?? NOPE!

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    Pete you need to shut up. It's just like saying since society thinks Jesus is white its so wrong to say that he's black-middle eastern. What you said is racist and despicable. Broaden your mind. Tom Hanks didnt play a black panther, he went to a black panther party in Forrest Gump.

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    Excuse me but let me remind you Davida that Malcolm X is a historical figure. It would be historically inaccurate to cast a White actor as a Black man. I agree with this article completely and I believe that casting different ethnicities in movie rolls would be amazing. There are many amazing actors that aren't white. To many movies have been white-washed. Add some color to the big screens.

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    you what all this is b.s cause the biggest lie ever told was elizabeth taylor playing the role of nefertit in the ten commandents and everyone knows that nefertiti was black egyptian and she defenitely was not white!!!! and moses who she took in as her own son was black also, thats why he was able to passes as an egyptian for all those years until he found out that he was an hebrew, which also was black!!

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    @ tell the truth

    Tell the truth is the wrong name for you, apefrocentrist. Tell the lies is more accurate.

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    @ tell the truth

    You're an idiot. The Ancient Egyptians were not black. Nor were the Hebrews. Get your facts right.

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    With the exception of the comics, (visual) and Malcolm X (a real person), the others are book characters that can be left up to the imagination. Judging from the comments, most people don't read, so of course they haven't made this distinction. Then there is fact that white people have played every race since the beginning of cinema. Why is it so impossible for anyone of another color to do it? It's called acting for a reason.

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    You guys are morons who apparently live in Obama's "post-racial" fantasyland. Start casting black guys in white roles or whites in black roles or Rupaul as Wonder Woman and see how commercially successful it is. The market is the true reality test. No one is casting a black guy as James Bond because no one would buy that $hit for one minute. I'd love to see the politically correct idiots f-up and call a black Brit an African-American!

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    The funny thing about some of you guys argument is this, you are asking, "well what if some random or popular white actor played the part of Malcolm X, etc," there would be something said. Well uh Yeah you areally referring to actual living/dead people. These characters like James Bond, Nick Fury etc are make believe which means they can be rewritten to anyones liking and can be played by anyone. Your argument is weak Sorry.

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    let's see how much crap pops up if we make a shaft or malcom X movie staring matthew mcconaughey.

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    It's not so much the black playing the white character, it's the attachment the fans have to that character and wanting it to be as real on screen as it is to them in the comic books. When they tried to do a television vresion of Wonder Woman, they screwed with the costume and fans went nuts. They tried a different version of the costume but still got it wrong and fan again went ballistic and the show never even made it to air date. This current version of James Bond they were going to change his usual dry Martini with a different drink and the fans went crazy, so they left it alone. It's not so much a black and white thing as it is the passion of the fans wanting to see their heroes depicted on screen as they are in the comics. There are a ton of great black super heroes, they even have asians, hispanics, indians, etc. so it's not really a black and white thing. For me, honestly I've seen Nic Fury as being a white guy but Sam Jackson did a great job with the character. Robert Downy Jr played a black guy in Tropic Thunder and did a great job (I had no idea it was him until I read the credits). But when it comes to something like comic book heroes or legendary characters, the fans hold those things sacred and don't want to see it meed with.




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