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Started by Agaliarept on Mar 6, 2019 2:44:20 PM
Will Smith 'casting as Richard Williams' sparks colourism debate

An upcoming biopic about the father of Serena and Venus Williams has faced criticism amid reports that Will Smith will play the lead role.

Richard Williams, 77, coached his daughters to become two of the world's greatest tennis players, despite having no previous experience of the game.

But Smith's reported casting in the film has angered critics, who say he is too light-skinned for the part.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47468011

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Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 14:45:28 (#1 of 103)

I heard Robert Carlyle played Hitler once and he's not even a fascist let alone a German.

When will casting directors learn?

HouseOfLametta - 06 Mar 2019 14:49:10 (#2 of 103)

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Do light-skinned black celebs have it easier?

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 14:50:41 (#3 of 103)

Divide and conquer.

Then divide again.

And again.

FrankieTeardrop - 06 Mar 2019 14:51:04 (#4 of 103)

"I heard Robert Carlisle played Hitler once and he's not even a fascist let alone a German."

The chap who played Begbie in Trainspotting also played Hitler.

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 14:51:22 (#5 of 103)

Yes.

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 14:52:17 (#6 of 103)

https://images.radiotimes.com/remote/www.channel4.
com/assets/programmes/images/hitler-the-rise-of-evil/series-1/episode-2/hitler-the-rise-of-evil-s1e2-20090521170232_625x352.jpg?quality=60&mode=cro
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AlanII - 06 Mar 2019 14:53:16 (#7 of 103)

…let alone a German.

But then, neither was Hitler.

FrankieTeardrop - 06 Mar 2019 14:54:15 (#8 of 103)

#6 - yes, that's him. Robert Carlyle.

machiavelli - 06 Mar 2019 14:57:36 (#9 of 103)

But Smith's reported casting in the film has angered critics, who say he is too light-skinned for the part.

I think identity politics is just about to eat its own arse.

HouseOfLametta - 06 Mar 2019 14:58:22 (#10 of 103)

Perhaps they can use make up?

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 14:58:35 (#11 of 103)

#6 - yes, that's him. Robert Carlyle.

Could've just put in the correct spelling followed by ffs FT.

You didn't have to be a smart arse.

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 14:58:57 (#12 of 103)

But then, neither was Hitler.

Ah dang, gpwm.

FrankieTeardrop - 06 Mar 2019 15:01:11 (#13 of 103)

"You didn't have to be a smart arse."

Oh but I did.

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 15:02:13 (#14 of 103)

Oh but I did.

Is smart arsedness covered by Karma?

HorstVogel - 06 Mar 2019 15:02:15 (#15 of 103)

I think Charlie Chaplin played a good Hitler

FrankieTeardrop - 06 Mar 2019 15:03:10 (#16 of 103)

"Is smart arsedness covered by Karma?"

It is very bad karma, it's true.

FrankieTeardrop - 06 Mar 2019 15:06:22 (#17 of 103)

How close in skin colour does a person have to get to be acceptable, and how is this judged?

Agaliarept - 06 Mar 2019 15:06:25 (#18 of 103)

I think identity politics is just about to eat its own arse.

OTOH it's nice that this is the level of some people's problems. As a society if the biggest thing on your concern chart is that an actor is the wrong tone of black to play a black person in a biog, we've come a long way!

lammaMia - 06 Mar 2019 15:10:10 (#19 of 103)

If I were the producer, I'd love this publicity. Who is playing Michael Jackson in his biopic?

FrankieTeardrop - 06 Mar 2019 15:11:46 (#20 of 103)

Someone with the appropriate skin tone, I hope.

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