4071 wrote: ↑Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:59 am
eldanielfire wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:45 am
Mog The Almighty wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:22 am
Just saw the new Trailer for Roald Dahl's "Witches" ... am I racist for being slightly annoyed that they've set in the USA and made the young boy and his Norwegian grandmother into black people from Alabama (or something)? Why do people have to continually f-ck with characters in movies to make them more "diverse"? I have absolutely not problem if it's a new character, or a not-very-famous story, but f-cking with classics, I just find that annoying.
I guess the author's own cultural heritage that he chose to include in the story doesn't really count for much. All white and Scandinavian and shit.
Mind you, for whatever reason, I had a bit of a problem with Daniel Craig being cast as James Bond (they could have at least died his hair brown and gave him brown contact lenses ffs) but no so much of a problem if Idris Elba got the role. Elba is such a stud he could pull it off.
It's just an extension of Hollywood creative bankruptcy. They have always tried to milk franchaises and remakes and the Woke trend of race changing characters (a one way trend usually because of politics)
is just the current way of studios doing it.
21 - a film based on the true story of a group of asian students counting cards in Vegas. All the characters in the film were played by white actors.
Batman - Ras Al Ghul, a middle eastern character, is played by a white actor
Pay it forward - in the book the main character is african American. In the film, he's played by Kevin Spacey
Last Airbender - all the main characters in the series are east asian. In the film they are white.
Prince of Persia - no Persians
Hunger Games - the main character in the book is explicitly described as non-white. And in the film was explicitly cast as white
Lone Ranger - Johnny Depp as Tonto
Ghost in the Shell - Japanese main character. Played by Scarlett Johansson
You could probably find a few dozen other examples. It's absolutely not one-way.
No one claims it is one way. Many of those old race swap roles (Depp as an Indian) where panned by everybody or are certainly not seen as good today (Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffanys)
BTW, The Hunger Games example is a stretch, the character is not described as explicitly not white, she has olive skin and dark eyes and the book cover originally showed a white girl as her, what's more as her sister is explicitly blonde. She is clearly a Caucasian character.
The Batman Ras Al Ghul example is a poor one. Other than he comes form the middle east and his title is Middle eastern his ethnic background has always been vague. He's never had his original name revealed nor his birth place or age, which varies from 400 years to a 1000 . He's origins have been ret-conned many times, even portraying him as a Chineseman who lived in Africa. Also it can be pointed out his daughter has been portrayed as having reddish-lightbrown hair to black but always looks white with green eyes.
The vagueness of who he is is what Batman Begins plays upon. In Nolan's ultra realistic, ultra grounded world, he isn't possibly a 600 years old because there are no super powers there. So we have a title of many characters. So the current incarnation is clearly one who claimed the title through many through the centuries and wanted Bruce Wayne to be the next one. In that regard it's a hard call to indicate a specific race swap there given it's just a title and the characters ethnic origins have never been either consistent or clear.
For some of the others, like Prince of Persia, the characters races aren't race swapped, the actors are clearly playing Persians as they are in the game. The Anime to Hollywood adaptations are also weird class, given Anime almost universally wipes out any visuals of Chinese look ethnicity. Sure it's a East Asian world they occupy but they sure aren't draw as east Asians. The exception being the big bad guys who are drawn with east asian style eyes. Likewise in Anime you often can't tell the difference between white and asian ethnicities anyway. But this is a weird trope of Manga and anime in Japan. Though in particular case of Avatar it was still a bad choice casting a white person in what is clearly a Chinese/Japanese fantasy world. Clearly as the film flopped big time. Strange still as it was an Indian American who helmed the film and allowed it. However as I pointed out todays stuff is just as bankrupt as it ever was, the way it's done is the current trend.
As for the rest, they are all basically old films and flops that everybody rejected anyway. I mean Depps casting was also slaughtered and rightfully so. Likewise there are cases where in the adaptation race doesn't matter. Morgan Freeman is perfect in the Shaw Shank Redemption despite the role being a red hair Irish man (largely because in some cases race isn't relevant) and his characters addition to the Robin Hood mythos in Kevin Costnar's adaptation actually makes narrative sense. Kevin Costner's Americans accent less so however.....