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Omar Karindu

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mjyoung

Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 06:17:20 pm EST (Viewed 1019 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 02:38:10 pm EST (Viewed 1099 times)

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    Business wise it's just a decision to try and bring in some of the black audience. It's almost somewhat insulting to cast a black man as a Norse deity - insulting to the African American community that is - almost a bribe.


It's a common strategy for casting decisions in blockbuster movies to have one or two token racial minorities in the cast. You just aren't going to see many movies costing over $150M with an all white cast. But with that being said, an important thing to remember is that the inclusion of racial minorities has no impact on the commercial success of the movie.

In the Avengers movie, the chances of the Wasp being white are really, really low. I would guess they either go with an hispanic or asian actress.

It's hard to know if Elba's race was an important part in the selection process, but I can easily say it was a factor. I don't think anyone is naive enough to think that an actor is chosen solely due to merit, but there are numerous factors involved.

Right now, and not having seen the movie or knowing what that role in include, it's hard seeing that role selection as anything other than an appointment due to race. That role is like the 10th? most important one in the movie, it's a small role, the actor has nothing in common with the character traditionally, etc.

Personally with this specific example, while I do like Elba, I just wish he would have gotten a better role. For this movie, I'd rather see him as Balder or Skruge, and feel he is a waste as background character. In my mind it also ruins his chances of being any other Marvel movie character.

This is a weird case, because it seems to me that the ethnicity of Norse gods is actually important in a way the Wasp's or even Sue Storm's apparent ethnicity really isn't. ("Apparent" is the key word; a non-traditionally cast Sue given some screenwriter's idea of an ethnic dialect would be deeply patronizing and poor adaptation at the same time.)

One possibility is that they're doing a "Lost Gods" arc, as the comics have, which letsw them explain a lot. Where have the gods been between the first century AD and now? Stuck in human forms. Why's tyhere a Don Blake? That's Thor's human body. Why's Heimdall black? He was born into a body of African descent this time around.

That could work, and would make some of the casting decisions a means of highlighting the plot and the strangeness of the situation rather than a head-scratching distraction.

And yes, Elba really should get a starring role in something superheroic, not least because the man looks like he could fight crime in reality. Actually, he'd make an infinitely better Jim Rhodes than Terence Howard did, especially if Rhodes is going to be War Machine.

Actually, mentioning the Avengers...CGI Idris Elba as the Vision.

Damn. That NEEDS to happen.




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