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Are you okay with black peeps being cast as well-known white characters in film?

Not at all! I ain't a racist or anything, but we grew up with the character as a white person, let's stick to what it is! Same goes the other way around as well.
Sometimes. It all depends on whether or not the person playing the part fits the character to a tee. The color of the skin shouldn't matter.
Yes, I'm totally okay with this. Black, white, yellow, green, whatever man...as long as they can PLAY THE PART well, that's all that should matter!
I don't have much of an opinion on this, but can totally see this poll getting out of control and people being called racists somehow. Here's hoping that doesn't occur.
Not sure, but I'm down with Halle Berry as Tomb Raider, baby!! DO IT!!

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5:25PM on 06/22/2007

Fury

For Heaven's sake, there has been a black Nick Fury in Comics for 7/8 year now (who was modeled after Jackson himself). I know that pales in comparison to the 40 years of the traditional universe, but the point is the precedent for a black Fury was in the comics already (a higly aclaimed one - The Ultimates)so they're not changing it for the movie, the precedent was there, therefor this debate is pointless
For Heaven's sake, there has been a black Nick Fury in Comics for 7/8 year now (who was modeled after Jackson himself). I know that pales in comparison to the 40 years of the traditional universe, but the point is the precedent for a black Fury was in the comics already (a higly aclaimed one - The Ultimates)so they're not changing it for the movie, the precedent was there, therefor this debate is pointless
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2:56PM on 06/22/2007
If this helps in the cause of Nicholas Cage getting less roles, I'm all for it.
If this helps in the cause of Nicholas Cage getting less roles, I'm all for it.
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2:06PM on 06/22/2007

The pigment of your epidermis!!!

I don't think changing the skin color should hamper a movie in any way. As long as the person playing the part is a great actor and potrays the charater well, it shouldn't matter what race he is. Next people will start gripping about nationalities! Hugh Jackman is australian, but he played a canadian character. Halle Berry is american, but potrayed someone from south africa. Elektra Nachios is greece and Jennifer Garner isn't. Who Cares? No one should. Just keep on getting the best people to
I don't think changing the skin color should hamper a movie in any way. As long as the person playing the part is a great actor and potrays the charater well, it shouldn't matter what race he is. Next people will start gripping about nationalities! Hugh Jackman is australian, but he played a canadian character. Halle Berry is american, but potrayed someone from south africa. Elektra Nachios is greece and Jennifer Garner isn't. Who Cares? No one should. Just keep on getting the best people to potray characters well and bury this issue...
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1:56PM on 06/22/2007
I would bring up Bubba, but theotherness beat me to the punch. And Kingpin was the only remotely cool part of Daredevil.

However, some characters have a set image to them. Indiana Jones and Han Solo are Harrison Ford. Nobody can replace that. The same is true of the character Robert Neville. The character in the book is a 6'4" blonede hair blue eye white male. Vincent Price came close to it, and portrayed the emotion needed. Heston almost looked the part, but the movie was terrible in
I would bring up Bubba, but theotherness beat me to the punch. And Kingpin was the only remotely cool part of Daredevil.

However, some characters have a set image to them. Indiana Jones and Han Solo are Harrison Ford. Nobody can replace that. The same is true of the character Robert Neville. The character in the book is a 6'4" blonede hair blue eye white male. Vincent Price came close to it, and portrayed the emotion needed. Heston almost looked the part, but the movie was terrible in comparison. Will Smith... Well, I'll wait and see.
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12:09PM on 06/22/2007
There is a difference between roles written to be a certain race and roles well established as a certain race. Martin Luther King is well-established as an African-American, but Red from Shawshank Redemption was only written as a white (Irish) guy, not cemented in anyone's mind as a particular race.

Of course, because of the nature of race relations in the US, if a character was written as black then his ethnicity is probably important to the story somehow. Being white is unfortunately like
There is a difference between roles written to be a certain race and roles well established as a certain race. Martin Luther King is well-established as an African-American, but Red from Shawshank Redemption was only written as a white (Irish) guy, not cemented in anyone's mind as a particular race.

Of course, because of the nature of race relations in the US, if a character was written as black then his ethnicity is probably important to the story somehow. Being white is unfortunately like being generic or the everyman, and so if you want a character's race to have no impact on the story then you make him white. It sucks but that's kind of the way it is.

On the SLJ article, RiverStyx makes a good point. Comics are a completely visual medium. You wouldn't cast Steve Buscemi as the Green Goblin because he has a goblinish voice. The main goal of comic book movies is to have the actors look like their characters. It's why they wear costumes. It's why Affleck's hair was red. It's why Jackman smoked a cigar and JJ Jameson had a Hitler mustache. Michael Clarke Duncan was cool as Kingpin because he looked more like him than any human being could have. Samuel L Jackson (intentionally) looks exactly like Ultimate Fury so no one should have a problem with him playing the character.

EXCEPT that he is way too old and no longer an action star.
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10:02AM on 06/22/2007

Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank w/ Morgan Freeman... need I say more? They even called him Red still...
Shawshank w/ Morgan Freeman... need I say more? They even called him Red still...
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6:14AM on 06/22/2007
Michael Clark Duncan as the Kingpin was an awesome move. Too bad his lines sucked - not his fault, nor the fault of his being cast in the role.

I'm one of the few people on the planet who really liked the HONEYMOONERS movie. And I love the original show - that says something. True, there could have been more recognizeable traits carried into the film (when Mike Epps did his whole "preparation" act to play pool, that was so much of an Art Carney nuance), but overall the film was fun on its
Michael Clark Duncan as the Kingpin was an awesome move. Too bad his lines sucked - not his fault, nor the fault of his being cast in the role.

I'm one of the few people on the planet who really liked the HONEYMOONERS movie. And I love the original show - that says something. True, there could have been more recognizeable traits carried into the film (when Mike Epps did his whole "preparation" act to play pool, that was so much of an Art Carney nuance), but overall the film was fun on its own, and a fun treat for...well, me and the three other people I know who saw it and liked it - all of whom are die-hard fans of the show.

Oh, and GroundlessNFree: it CAN be good for a black man to play JFK - have you ever seen Bubba Ho-Tep? ;-)
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3:08AM on 06/22/2007
The difficult issue of Nick Fury is that the controversy already really occured in the comic. The Ultimate Nick Fury character is black. This has been the version of Nick Fury used in the Marvel animated films recently as well. So, yes Nick Fury used to be white. But the character in the comic was changed to be black. Batman used to be cartoony, but now he's portrayed as a dark, sinister character. I think the Nick Fury issue really comes down to what you think about the character, not
The difficult issue of Nick Fury is that the controversy already really occured in the comic. The Ultimate Nick Fury character is black. This has been the version of Nick Fury used in the Marvel animated films recently as well. So, yes Nick Fury used to be white. But the character in the comic was changed to be black. Batman used to be cartoony, but now he's portrayed as a dark, sinister character. I think the Nick Fury issue really comes down to what you think about the character, not the race. I can watch a movie with Jackson playing Ultimate Nick Fury and enjoy it, because I'll watch it as a comic fan critiquing it as Ultimate Nick Fury, and then go back and watch my bootlegged Hasselhoff version and enjoy it as well as something different.
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2:56AM on 06/22/2007

depends

It depends on the character. I mean iconic figures such as, the recent talks of Nick Fury, they need to stay the race that they were originaly created to be. I mean it's part of his character. I wouldn't want him to be a different race because I've grown up with him as Nick Fury: cigar, eye patch, badass attitude and white. I also wouldn't want to see such an iconic character like, Shaft played by a white guy. You'd be like, "What the fuck! Shaft. White?"

It has to due with how deep the
It depends on the character. I mean iconic figures such as, the recent talks of Nick Fury, they need to stay the race that they were originaly created to be. I mean it's part of his character. I wouldn't want him to be a different race because I've grown up with him as Nick Fury: cigar, eye patch, badass attitude and white. I also wouldn't want to see such an iconic character like, Shaft played by a white guy. You'd be like, "What the fuck! Shaft. White?"

It has to due with how deep the characters roots go.
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12:29AM on 06/22/2007
Oops I guess I better clarify why the "Somtimes" response doesn't fit what I would agree with. To me more importance is placed on the role itself than the actor playing the role. Fitting a character to a tee would include racial makeup.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is yes the actor should match the race of the character, but does the character need to have a specific race is more my question.
Oops I guess I better clarify why the "Somtimes" response doesn't fit what I would agree with. To me more importance is placed on the role itself than the actor playing the role. Fitting a character to a tee would include racial makeup.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is yes the actor should match the race of the character, but does the character need to have a specific race is more my question.
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12:22AM on 06/22/2007
How come the majority of these opinion polls never have the "Depends on the context" option. Basically I [and I'd bet most reasonable Joes] totally agree with GroundlessNFree
How come the majority of these opinion polls never have the "Depends on the context" option. Basically I [and I'd bet most reasonable Joes] totally agree with GroundlessNFree
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11:58PM on 06/21/2007
I think it depends on the role. A white actor shouldn't be playing Martin Luther King, Jr. and a black actor shouldn't be playing JFK, but if you're asking about great actors like Will Smith or Samuel L. Jackson playing roles written as white characters than I don't think this is a big deal. If the character is fairly ambigious and their race doesn't really relate to the story in a major way, it shouldn't matter.
I think it depends on the role. A white actor shouldn't be playing Martin Luther King, Jr. and a black actor shouldn't be playing JFK, but if you're asking about great actors like Will Smith or Samuel L. Jackson playing roles written as white characters than I don't think this is a big deal. If the character is fairly ambigious and their race doesn't really relate to the story in a major way, it shouldn't matter.
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