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African-American Thor Actor Responds To Racial Casting Criticism

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Gods don't see color

This is just absurd!

Marvel's upcoming film Thor has been getting criticism from fan boys for the casting of African-American actor Idris Elba as the Nordic God Heimdall.

You know, the big scary bad guy with scary eyes in the trailer?

Some idiots people believe it is wrong for a black man to play a white Nordic god, but the actor in question is firing his own criticism back at all the haters, saying:

"It's so ridiculous. We have a man [Thor] who has a flying hammer and wears horns on his head. And yet me being an actor of African descent playing a Norse god is unbelievable? I mean, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley."

We couldn't agree more! The fact that his is even a DEBATE for some, is ridic!

C'mon people, open your minds and stop worrying about something as superficial as skin color.

We personally can not wait to see Idris Elba's fierce performance as a vengeful God and have a feeling the color of his skin will be the LAST THING on our minds during the film.

Thoughts???

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120 comments to “African-American Thor Actor Responds To Racial Casting Criticism”

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  1. 1

    Hmmmm…..so let's have Matthew Morrison play Sammy Davis Jr. in a bio-pic, and gauge the outrage of the black community. There is ALWAYS a double standard for white people now-a-days…should work both ways…I disagree with the casting of Thor…should be a white actor.



  2. 2

    Ben Kingsley is actally Indian, he should get his facts right. Other than that, I agree with him.



  3. 3

    Idris Elba isn't African American, he's British!!!



  4. 4

    This is stupid, white actors replace black characters too. I think it's AWESOME that a black guy is given it. YAY :D He looks awesome.



  5. 5

    Okay Moron, Cleopatra was a Greek. So ELizabeth Taylor playing her is just fine. With the right makeup, Ben Kingsley looked just like Ghandi. This idiot playing Heimdall is a joke. His arguements have no standing. An African American man cannot play a Norse God. Considering that in pagan times, Northern Euorpeans had no clue that Africans existed, yeah I'd say this movie is going to be a joke. Heimdall is even portrayed as white in the comic books. It's historically inaccurate. Glad I found out about this now, saves me from wasting my money buying a ticket to see this film.



  6. 6

    Elba's not African-American, he's British.

  7. Rohan says – reply to this


    7

    Let's see …how about we cast Ed Norton as Shaft, or better yet Brad Pitt as Kunta Kinte in re-makes? Would your sentiments be the same?

    "C'mon people, open your minds and stop worrying about something as superficial as skin color."



  8. 8

    I think everyone has a point but I have to agree, since the character is Norse, it's expected that he would "appear" Nordic, wouldn't it? I can agree with him about Cleopatra and Gandhi — but they did use a lot of color makeup on Ben to make him appear to be a man of color. As for Eliz Taylor, we all know why she was cast in that role and it wasn't the color of her skin or eyes. It was her blockbuster figure and box office draw that elevated her to the first woman actor at the mil $ mark. But I don't agree that we should all "forget" the color when casting. Especially if it's based on a real person (Gandhi) or a character who is known to be tied to a specific race.



  9. 9

    Not sure why those are considered racist views. They're changing something about who Thor was. I have no cares at all about these types of characters.. but real or not, he wasn't black. Much respect to the actor playing him, I'm sure he's fantastic.. but would he be okay with a caucasian playing him in a movie about his life? Would you be ok with a black man playing you Perez? Sure, there's nothing wrong with it, but it's not who either of you are.



  10. 10

    While I don't care if this guy plays a Norse god, he should at least get his history correct. Cleopatra was Greek (look it up…) Having Taylor portray her is not an instance of a white woman playing a black woman. Ben Kingsley's father was Indian (hint, Ben Kingsley isn't his real name.) So neither of his examples really hold up.



  11. 11

    WowThor was a white god its wrong to have an African American play him. How about we do a movie about Martin luther king jr and have a white actor play him and see how mad people get.



  12. 12

    Yes it really is ridiculous and absurd I totally agree with that. but everyone thought it was cool to descrimnate the casting choice in the last air bender, so because he is black is cool to change but when you want to make a character white is a terrible thing ? Not so Coherent, I think the color of the actors should NOT be a matter to be discussed in ANY case.



  13. 13

    As a Norwegian I would mind if the movie was based on the actual mythology and not on the comic book which have little more than the character names in common. If they were going to be faithful to the mythology the actors would have to be white, just as they would have to be black to give a faithful rendition of African mythology. But as this is a comic book adaptation and differs greatly in all other aspects, why not skin colour as well?



  14. 14

    Re: arthurcat2
    that is not even the same thing and you know it. sammy davis jr. was a real person, so yeah if they got a white actor, the black community would have a right to be pissed.
    the double standard here is that when minority actors are hired to play white roles, people are pissed, but when white actors are hired to play minority roles everything is just fine. west side story anyone? Natalie Wood was russian, yet it was perfectly fine for her to play puerto rican maria.



  15. 15

    What a disgusting token gesture, black people should feel offended. The ignorant liberal perception is that black people are too stupid or so small-minded that they would not be able to enjoy a story about Norse gods without black people in it. White liberals are idiots.



  16. 16

    Re: arthurcat2 – That would be Historically inaccurate. This is not a bio-pic. It's a fictional God, for Christ's sake. It's not the most unbelievable part of this silly movie. It's not as if they have Jennifer Hudson playing Marilyn Monroe.

    P.S The reason it would be controversial is because of the lack of roles for minorities in the first place(see the Asian uproar over the Last Avatar movie). So when you start erasing the few roles for them, of course it will make some people uncomfortable.



  17. 17

    WOW…I am really taken aback by these comments. Idris Elba is playing a CHARACTER not an ACTUAL PERSON so the comparisons with him and people like Sammy Davis Jr. and Martin Luther King are pointless. I'm glad that the casting directors picked the best ACTOR for the role instead of looking at his skin color. Smh…



  18. 18

    Those fanboys are correct it's absurd to try and sell the public a black Nordic character. What they couldn't find a white dude to play the part? Hope when the cast the next Nelson Mandella biopic they use a white guy to play Nelson.



  19. 19

    If this movie was in any way meant to be historically accurate to the Eddas and how the Norse did and some still believe I'd have raised an eyebrow.

    It's a comic book character that already took extreme licensing, so, whatever. Cast who you want.



  20. 20

    OK, I agree that he should be able to play a Norse god in a fantasy movie, but Ben Kingsley IS half Indian. Cleopatra VII was Mediterranean (Egyptian/Greek) and while Liz Taylor was too Irish-looking, that movie WAS made in 1963.



  21. 21

    Oh and another thing the movie is going to tank big time. A character with a hammer is no quite the same as one who can fly, has cool gizmos and car or can make themselves invisible. Thor is going to be a sucky movie in the end whether they cast a black guy or not.



  22. 22

    As a fan-boy myself, I think it's awesome they changed his race. It wouldn't be the first time that a Marvel character has changed races. Nick Fury in Iron Man and the upcoming Avengers movie was a white man then they changed him to black in the comics. We need to see more diversity in media as well as every other facet of America. Who ever these troglodytes are having prolapses over a fictitious character's race needs to get a life, crawl out of that cave that they love so dearly and realize that it's 2011. We have blacks and whites marrying, gays on tv, and a biracial man in office. Times aren't just changing they HAVE changed for the better.



  23. 23

    Re: Matt Xavier – I agree with you for the most part, but their was an uproar about The Last Air bender because Asians are all but ignored by the media. There are virtually no roles for Asians, so it is offensive to take a movie about Asian characters and turn the characters white(like 80% of Hollywood Characters). So there's a bit of a difference.



  24. 24

    I mean.. The fans do have a point? A Nordic god is white, and to cast a black actor to play him is like casting a white man to play Martin Luther King Or Nelson Mandela? I mean. it's stupid..
    Not, I'm not saying he should play the part cause of his skin as a racist comment, but because the part he is playing is KNOWN to be white..



  25. 25

    not 2 b a bitch but he's BLACK BRITISH not African american. just pisses me off, not every black prson is African american…we do differ



  26. 26

    Would any of you that see no issue with this have an issue with James Franco, or some other caucassian male actor, playing Martin Luther King?



  27. 27

    Here is a question: How would African-Americans feel if they chose a blond, snow-white dude to play, say, Anansi? Or any other African mythological figure? Somehow I get the feeling that the histrionic accusations of racism would be heard on the Moon if that were to happen. So how is this any different?



  28. 28

    Re: TonyInVegas – SHE was what? Greek? In what universe?



  29. 29

    ..hes british..not african american perez.



  30. 30

    Objections to this casting are not racist! The character is a Norse god for christ's sake! It's like casting Tom Cruise to play the role of Sengbe Pieh, the leader of the slave revolt in Amistad!



  31. 31

    Re: likesaccuracy – He said "African DESCENT", not African. There in lies the difference.



  32. 32

    Yes, Cleopatra was played by a white woman, and the black community complained heavily about it and they still do. So, yeah, whites have a right to complain about a black guy playing a norse god. I mean, come on, didn't Mexicans even complain when Jennifer Lopez played Selena?

    By the way, Cleopatra was not white, but she was not black either. She was Egyptian. And, Egyptians DO NOT consider themselves either black or African.



  33. 33

    You 'tards he's playing a Marvel comic book character! It's not like he's playing former-president Bill Clinton. There would be something to consider had he been playing a real person. The part he's playing is a COMIC BOOK CHARACTER. Maybe if it had been a real person in a movie based off of true events there would really be something worth arguing here but there isn't you trolls. So the James Franco playing Martin Luther King and Matt Murphy playing some other historical black figure comments are nothing more than fodder you idiots.



  34. 34

    Re: arthurcat2 – I'm insulted that you would think someone as mediocre as Matthew could pull off Sammy in a bio-pic, not because he's white but because he can't sing. Also Sammy is a REAL PERSON, Thor is not, so I guess it'd be fair for anyone to play a fictional character.



  35. 35

    Wow racist pricks need to join the rest of the world in the 21st century! NO ONE cares about race anymore!! ffs stop hatin or gtfo!



  36. 36

    FOR YOU MORONS ATTEMPTING TO DRAW A SIMILARITY BETWEEN A WHITE ACTOR PLAYING THE ROLE A A BLACK HISTORICAL FIGURE, YOUR REASONING IS FLAWED. THOR IS A FICTIONAL COMIC BOOK CHARACTER, NOT A LIVING OR ONCE LIVING PERSON. IDIOTS.



  37. 37

    This is ridiculous. It's a movie… about a comic. Cast whoever plays better the role. And Idris Elba is not American, he's English from Hackney, London.



  38. 38

    Ok so I'm only responding to this because I'm tire of people say "What if a white man played Martin Luther King" ect ect. Listen, Would I be offended if a white person played MLKJ? Yes. Would I be mad if a black man played George Washington? How about Abraham Lincoln? Yes. Would I be mad if a black man played a fictional character who in comics presumed to be white? No. The difference here is that this guy doesn't exist, IT"S A FICTIONAL MOVIE people!! Why should it matter who plays the part?



  39. 39

    What if this was like an African god? Storm in X-men was viewed as a god by her original tribe. What if they cast a white woman for Storm? Would that be okay because "there's no color"?

    I really have to say something. Why is it that when white actors are cast in characters of ethnicity it's acceptable for people to be outraged but not the other way around? I thought the casting for The Last Airbender was RIDICULOUS. Yet nobody said anything when Selena Gomez was cast as Beezus in that Ramona movie. I thought that was weird and I think people didn't say anything for fear that they would come off "racist."

    Look, there is nothing wrong with fans demanding loyalty to the original story. Not everything comes out of racism in this world and I'm sorry but saying that a Nordic god is not black isn't racist or backwards or close-minded. I think some characters you can get away with casting an actor of an ethnicity not close to the original, but when it comes to major characters or some really specific detail like a "Nordic" god you have to tread carefully.



  40. 40

    Um, Angelina Jole played a mixed race woman in A Mighty Heart, the guy playing president Obama on SNL is Jewish and those are actual black people being portrayed by white people. A fictional character that was originally white being played by a black actor really isn't that big a deal. Especially in an industry where actresses like Rashida Jones get cast as white women and no one questions it.

    My point is I highly doubt the decision was made based on anything other than name recognition and the possibility of widening the audience. They are after ticket sales not realism, and since this is based on a comic book there really should be no reason to be offended. Where was all this offense when Brandy played Cinderella?



  41. 41

    Re: tiggerchick5 – You're absolutely right. The weird thing that people "forgot" about Cleopatra is that she was of Greece descent *married into* the Egyptian royal family. So….. she was not black but she was not Egyptian either and she didn't come from anywhere near Africa.

  42. tammi says – reply to this


    42

    Wow, all this over a fictional character. So now when someone plays my imaginary friend in the movie they have to be the same ethnicity??? I used to talk to widget the world watcher but I would be OK if bradjolina's kid Maddox played him when they eventually get around to filming my bio. It's obvious that they are trying to break the racial barriers while making this film. They are trying to step out the box and do something that in my opinion should have been done a while ago. It's so funny because no one complained that Brandy played Cinderella which in children books is traditionally a fair skin blond. Cleopatra has also been portrayed in film by a white woman, a black woman, Hispanic, Indian… and soon to be Angelina Jolie. So, leave MLK and sammie davis jr out of it. If Jesus can be played by a white man and a black man I'm sure thor will get over being black in a Movie. This is just another way for people to keep a racial war going. I'm a black female not african american. My heritage is french and venezuelan and I hope Ellen Page plays me in my bio, because she's AMAZING.



  43. 43

    Re: arthurcat2 – Your comment is utter bullshit based solely on the fact that Sammy Davis, Jr was an ACTUAL person and the character Elba is playing is FICTIONAL. As much as some of you white (or non-black) people like to point fingers at the black community saying that we're always playing "the race card" you all do it just as often.



  44. 44

    Re: TonyInVegas – It's a fucking COMIC, not a biopic. Christ!



  45. 45

    Re: ragebaby – He's not fucking playing Thor! Reading is fundamental!



  46. 46

    Cleopatra was greek so Elizabeth Taylor could play her however most Greek people don't look like ELizabeth Taylor. Ben kingsley is Indian. Yes it's not exactly what you expect to see a Black man play thor but it's hardly the same as a white person playing a black person that actually existed. However, that has happened before in the not so distant past. Angelina Jolie portrayed Mariane Pearl in the movie A Mighty Heart. Mariane Pearl is mixed with cuban, chinese, french, and black. Though she is ethnic and Angelina Jolie is clearly not she still got the role over someone who shared a similar background. This is because Jolie is a good actor much like Elba so maybe people should focus more on their talents then their ethnicities. If he does a good enough job then his skin color shouldn't matter

  47. Vetur says – reply to this


    47

    I am from Iceland where Ásatrú (the Religion of the old Norse Gods) is practiced by about 10% of the population and I would like to point out a few things. Idris Elba is British not African American. He is also a fantastic actor who got the job because of his skill and nothing else. Ben Kinglsey is half Indian (his name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji). Cleopatra has always been Greek. She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a Greek royal family which ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great's death during the Hellenistic period.
    Elba will be playing Heimdallur not Thor, and also it is the comic character in a fantasy movie not the mythological god. Also if any of you would know anything about Norse Mythology and the Eddas we get out info from, you should know that Snorra Edda written in Iceland about 1220 states that the Norse Gods were actually fugitives from Troy (present day Turkey). Therefore if any of you have a problem with a black actor is playing this role you should read your history because he has as much a right as a white blond actor.



  48. 48

    Re: penny1206 – People like you who are making comments like this are just a bunch of jackasses.



  49. 49

    I don't have an issue with him being black in general, but I *do* think it's strange he is playing Thor, who is a NORDIC god…and the nordic stereotype is: Blonde, pale skin, blue eyes, and tall. I'd have just as much of a…quandary, let us say….if an Indian dude, an Asian dude, or a short fat white dude with black hair was playing him.

    Just sayin'…not an accurate depiction of the character :/ Don't think racism has much to do with it.



  50. 50

    This only matters because majority of the movies made by motion pictures revolve around mostly or fully an all white cast. Does it not? How many black actors are actually leads in their films? Who Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman. Compared to an overwhelming list of white (caucasian) actors. So if you'd put someone like James Franco to star as Martin Luther King, fuck yeah it matters!



  51. 51

    Re: Novel1 – In this one. She actually was Greek.



  52. 52

    Egypt was conquered a number of times, including by the Nubians, who were of African descent and therefore led to a period of time where there were indeed Black Pharoahs. HOWEVER you have to bear in mind that this was a period of history encompassing thousands of years, and when the time came around for the Ptolemies to take the throne it fell to a Queen of GREEK descent. Cleopatra was GREEK, not Black, Arabic or of any other race. That's not to say that she was 100% pure, there was a lot of mixing up the DNA for political reasons in those days, but her lineage was most definitely NOT a direct descent from the Nubian Kings. This isn't being disrespectful to any culture, it's presenting facts. As for a man of colour playing a Nordic God? Well I can see appreciate people are objecting to this in some respects BUT he's a 'fictional' character in a movie. When it all comes down to it does it matter if an actor portraying a role in ths film is black white pink or orange? It's not exactly Othello is it? Oops..can of worms opened there..



  53. 53

    LMAO do people actually believe Cleopatra was only Greek? BS



  54. 54

    Re: Gacktoholic

    Uh, she was born into the royal family. And they were Greek. Is it really that hard to look stuff up before commenting?



  55. 55

    FYI, Sir Ben Kingsley is half-Indian.



  56. 56

    I have not seen one feasible and legitimate argument why this man shouldn't play Heimdall.

    In the Eddas: Heimdall was very Nordic looking complete with long blonde hair and everything you would expect from a Norse God.

    In the Eddas: Thor had a very long RED beard and RED hair.

    This isn't about the Eddas. This is about a comic book that already went so far away from the Norse Pantheon so who gives a fuck?

    This is a fictional comic book. If half of you would read the books before going to see theatrical adaptations, do you realize how many black people already play characters that were meant to be white? Same for Asians, or hell, even white people playing characters intended to be black?

    If this was a historical biopic I would be upset only because those are, in partial, meant to educate.

    This is a comic book based off some character loosely related to Thor .. VERY loosely to the point where it might as well be a different comparison all together.

    If you are going to bitch about inaccuracies due to spiritual theology then bitch about the comic book all together.

    I, for one, know entertainment in comparison to history.



  57. 57

    Cleopatra was Greek and the awesome Ben Kingsly is half Indian… Yikes people. Really?!



  58. 58

    Re: Vetur – This isn't even about Asatru. They don't get it.

    They want to bitch for the sake of bitching.

    Maybe the comic book geeks are having a slow news day.



  59. 59

    People are saying that he is only a fictional character.. Well yes.. BUT in scandinavia vikings and nordic gods are kind of a big deal to us.. I mean, it's not like we have pictures of them in our homes or read about the all the time.. But it's a big deal for our countries history.. So this nordic god is known to be white.. And I'm not talking about the comic-book but as in the nordic mythology, he is a white god who will blow the horn when Armageddon begins(in the mythology).. we learn about those gods and we know he is white, so he should be played be a white actor. Now, I dont really care if he's played by a black man, I bet there is a good reason he got the part. He was the best I guess. But this god is known to be white, so should the man playing him be.



  60. 60

    Re: Kelly Ohl – Well said, thank you.

  61. tammi says – reply to this


    61

    I just hope he doesn't die in the beginning of the movie, like most black people in traditional white movies do. If he does happen to die in the beginning I hope his phoenix style ashes rise as a really hot asian guy, and whoever the cast as the leading lady is Aishwarya Rai cause she's really pretty and I'm so sick of chicks who look like Megan Fox plus she is a really crappy actress. I hope Thor has a kid and they cast it as a white or asain role because everyone knows that white and asain kids are really creepy…hence the poltergeist and all those grudge movies. I just pray that the music does not feature a song from justin beiber, willow smith, or lady gaga… cause I'm itchin for a break. I would like the ending credits to roll with The Who "who are you" since everyone seems to think that Thor has to a white guy even though he's not real and kids all over world wont give a crap since they probably have no idea who he is unless they've seen adventures in babysitting which is a completely epic movie. To all you home and alone comic fans…. put the book down slowly and get laid. GOOOOO TROJAN CONDOMS… a disclaimer is one size does NOT fit all. SMH LOLZ



  62. 62

    COME ON PEOPLE, Wrong Casting! The black have their comic book Characters.
    Canye West, Tyler Perry, Al Sharpten.

    A white guy would never be cast as them!

  63. tammi says – reply to this


    63

    I don't know what a heimdall is or who he is but I hope Idris has one of those barely there moments like in takers cause that man is effin staked. I don't care what race Thor or Heimdall is played by… as long as he is gorgeous and wearing little to no clothes!!!!!!! I still think robert downy wore too much in ironman and shia le beouf and tyrese could of took off a little more in Transformers… JUST SAYIN



  64. 64

    He's right. White ppl used to play famous ppl of color all the time.

    Cleopatra was fucking Egyptian-which was a mixture of Greek and African, therefore, she was mixed! Elizabeth Taylor played her = WTF? And Prince of PERSIA just came out with a WHITE guy in the lead role. I could have sworn that people from Iran aren't fucking white.

    And unless this character is a real fucking person…who the hell cares!!!??



  65. 65

    It is the arrogance in the American culture that will not let racism die. Many non-white people in the U.S.A. are just as racist as many of the white people, which is really stupid in a global world. Stop trying to knock the other guy down so that you can appear to stand taller, and stand taller on something of actual achievement.

  66. tammi says – reply to this


    66

    Re: gayhoe – Kanye West, Tyler Perry and the disgusting Al Sharpton are not nor have they ever been comic book characters; however, they are real people and often very comical. I hope they cast a white guy as Kanye West, it would be so funny. Just cast Tila Tequila as Taylor Swift and re-enact the VMAs. I'm down… who's with me???



  67. 67

    Lol, in one translation, Heimdallr is 'the whitest of the gods' but with gold teeth, and the one who dresses Thor as a giant maiden to get his hammer back.
    Wonder if that will be portrayed!

  68. Vetur says – reply to this


    68

    Re: ILoveJesseMac – I do not know where in Scandinavia you are from but here in Iceland we learn that the Norse Gods were fugitives from Troy as that is what Snorri Sturluson wrote in the Eddas about 1000 years ago. The fact that they (Óðinn, Þór, Baldur, Feyja, Iðunn etc) were the gods of the Norse people did not make them Norse or Norse looking….that is a 19th century invention correlating with the rise of nationalism in Europe (mostly Germany) of the time. For example it is in German paintings at that time that horns were put on vikings though they never had horns on their helmets.



  69. 69

    Re: Camycam – This is a Movie about Nordic Gods, In that time they didn't even knew black people exists in my opinion is pathetic both ways who gives a flying fock about the color of the actor I thinks is just pointless.



  70. 70

    Ben Kinglsey's real name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji. Someone cue up the Price is Right lose music there. But who cares if Idris Elba is in Thor? Good for him!



  71. 71

    There is no way now I'm going to see this movie. If this is the casting going on with such an easy pick then I wonder who else they casted in for important key roles and I question their ability to properly cast anything.



  72. 72

    Re: TRUTH-TELLER – She may well have been mixed with Egyptian blood lines, but that would make her Greek with some Semitic ancestry. She would have looked Mediterranean. Big nose, probably dark hair and olive skin, not black.



  73. 73

    I have to agree with part of what he says. I don't see a problem with making the Thor character Black…so what. They (crazywood) cast white characters all the time as American Indians…that shit is not right there are enough good Indian actors to play those parts. For those of you screaming Cleopatra was Greek…she wasn't just Greek she did have African blood as well…what the one drop rule doesn't count now? Anyway….Elizabeth Taylor was too white to play Cleopatra…



  74. 74

    Re: litnight – Considering this is a comic book and not the Eddas, I doubt it.

    He was dressed as a bride to take Freyja's place, as the Thyrm, who had stolen Mjolnir, demanded Freyja's hand in marriage.

    Heimdall came up with the idea. The entire Aesir agreed, and that included Thor very reluctantly.

    That's the Edda. (Yes I love mythology)

    Not the comic book.

  75. Vetur says – reply to this


    75

    Re: Anthony Grillo – What do you mean with easy pick? The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh who cast one of the leading Shakespearian actors of today in his movie. This is the same director that cast Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves as brothers in Much Ado About Nothing.



  76. 76

    In the soon-to-be-released movie "The Black Panther" from Marvel Comics, T'Challa, the African king of the nation of Wakanda and with the aid of herbs and a Vibranium suit which enhances his natural athletic abilities, will become the Black Panther. T'Challa will be played by Edward Norton spray painted black.



  77. 77

    Re: MRSMOMOA – Psst .. it's Heimdall they made black, not Thor.



  78. 78

    Re: arthurcat2 – A mythological story is way different from someone playing a person that was a real person and that had a mark in our music history. Get real!



  79. 79

    Yeah, I know the comic boys get all spazzy when ANYTHING changes. I can see where they're coming from. However, I don't read comics and I love Idris as an actor. So I'd watch it!!!!



  80. 80

    Re: Matt Xavier

    No, this is a movie about a comic book. The comic book is VERY different than the mythology. So much of it is changed, that the color one character's skin is hardly worth bitching about.



  81. 81

    Do Hollywood producers ever hire a gentile to play a Jewish character?



  82. 82

    Re: Vetur – *appluads* Sensible and well researched points. Excellent that someone knows their history!



  83. 83

    Re: arthurcat2
    Hmmmm lets not… the difference is that Sammy Davis was a REAL PERSON
    Heimdall was not he is fiction and fiction can be twisted the truth can't.
    It amazes me how you people manage to blend reality and fiction together so well



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    One of the best changes is the part of Ellis 'Red' Redding in the Shawshank Redemption. The original character was Irish yet played by Morgan Freeman, a black man, in the movie. Why? Because he was the best man for the role, not because they needed a token black actor or to make a political statement. Kenneth Branagh and his casting director clearly thought Elba was the best actor for the role, regardless of his skin colour.

    Another great example or swapping races is in a stage production of Othello. Originally Othello was black but a white actor was cast. The white characters were then played by white people. Sometimes using a person of a different race can be used to make a statement but I do not believe that is the case with 'Thor'.

    It's the 21st century….I thought race wasn't meant to be an issue any more?



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    Cleopatra was a Greek. How do people still not understand this?



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    I think the most controversial thing about this post is the apostrophe fail on the photo…



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    Not to burst everyone's bubble, but this isn't the first time Heimdall has been black. He had been black in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance came, and also in Thor the Mighty Avenger. Same thing for Nick Fury. He wasn't black ONLY in the Iron Man movie, he was black in the Marvel Ultimate Universe, before the movie ever came out.



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    There is not racist about it, it is just plain retarded that a black dude is playing a character who should by all accounts and every bit of logic be white.
    Perez your blog is becoming more and more stupid, seriously.



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    Point Black dude!



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    Cleopatra was not Black–she was Greek



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    I would think the racist part would be the black person playing the villain yet again… They would obviously NEVER go out of their way to cast Thor with a black actor.



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    As someone of Norwegian and Swedish decent, I personally take high offense to this. I happen to agree with the majority of the comments here, even though it is not a biopic, if a Caucasian actor were to portray a historical African American figure or African mythological figure, it would start an uproar within their community. There is nothing racist about the fact that you want to stay true to facts. If people want to view it from the extremist liberal wing then fine, but its completely false.



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    1.) BEN KINGSLEY IN INDIAN.

    2.) CLEOPATRA WAS GREEK.

    3.) NORSEMEN WERE LIGHT-SKINNED.

    3.) ACTORS NEED TO LEARN THEIR HISTORY.



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    diversity is stupid. If the character is historically white, THEN GET A WHITE ACTOR. I can't wait until diversity is flushed down the toilet, and people operate SOLELY ON MERIT



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    So people think it's OK to have a black guy play a white character… Most of those people say it makes sense because it's a fictitional character. Well so is Jesus, in my opinion. How would people feel if we cast a Mongolian actor to play him in a movie? I'm sure no one would like it.



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    I agree with the majority of what's being said here - on both sides: I see no problem with cross-racial casting of fictional characters; Cross-racial casting of real people, in this day and age, would be wrong; Sir Ben IS partially of Indian descent; Idris is not African-American, he's British; and there would be FAR more uproar than this if a white actor was hired to play even a fictional character who was in any way implied to be ANY other race - white Americans aren't the only racists out there!

    And, most importantly, comic-book fanboys take their stuff WAY too seriously! There was the same kind of uproar over Aqualad on Young Justice being black - and it's a freakin' cartoon! Relax, guys, the amount of melanin in skin won't affect any kind of superhuman ability of your beloved fictional characters!!!



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    you mean Ghandi was played by Krishna Pandit Bhanji, otherwise known as Sir Ben Kingsley? what a terrible, idiotic, poorly researched example. and who knows what cleopatra looked like, the ptolemy family was greek. so yeah she may well have looked like elizabeth taylor. What a dumb story to comment on Perez, but i guess you dont have much to talk about as of late.



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    OH GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK. How many times has blacks/hispanics jumped all over white people for playing various roles. How many times has people called out award shows for not nominating enough black people?

    But the second white people call out a black person for playing a god we're called "idiots,ignorant,racist" Right, Minorities don't want equality they want special treatment and attention. Minorities need to be eradicated from America.



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    Heimdall first appeared in 1962. Black Panther in '66. Luke Cage in '72. Blade in '73. Real or not, these characters have been around for a long time. And I'm not comparing this to real people. But it's ridiculous to have any of them played by someone of a different race. And that's not being racist. Again, they are characters. But would someone have had a problem if a white man had played Blade instead of Wesley Snipes? I bet they would. And rightfully so.



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    Nice picking and choosing with your "race doesn't matter anymore" philosophy, Perez. Didn't you just freak out that there weren't enough nominees of colour at the Oscars? P.S. Javier Bardem ain't white

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