Chadwick Boseman has played many historic roles — the actor portrayed James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up, and Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42!
But when the Captain America: Civil War star suits up as the Black Panther in the 2018 film based on the superhero, he will be the first black actor to play the leading role in a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
This highly anticipated superhero flick comes on the cusp of Hollywood’s effort in diversifying mainstream films — which has caused fans and critics alike to call on Marvel to hire a black director to help the Black Panther movie!
But Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon — one of Marvel’s most prominent black heroes on the big-screen — argues that race shouldn’t be a factor in helming the action flick! In a recent interview, he said:
“I don’t think it’s important at all. As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit!”
They didn’t get ghosts to direct Paranormal Activity either… or did they??
Mackie continued to say that good filmmakers can direct people of different race and gender, adding:
“The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ or woman ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ win.”
Hmm… he makes some great points about the most important qualities in a director. It’s nice to know he’s really thinking about it.
But we think Hollywood’s attempt to diversify its storytelling should include of talent behind the camera, not just in front of it — because it definitely shows!
For what it’s worth, Marvel did meet with at least one prolific African-American filmmaker — Selma director Ava DuVernay — who after some talks ended up passing on the project because of creative differences.
What do YOU think?
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]