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Reverend Meteor

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mjyoung

Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 10:32:19 pm EST (Viewed 28 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Political Correctness and the new Thor movie
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 02:38:10 pm EST (Viewed 1100 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.



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    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.



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    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.



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    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.



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    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.



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    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.


I agree with most of your post but if for whatever dumb reason Idris Elba had to be cast as one of the Scandinavian gods...well Heimdall is the right fit for him.

His skills as an actor seem to sort of go with what I assume the role of Heimdall would entail. You need an actor who can speak very little but have so much authority that when he does speak he says more than someone who is a chatty cathy. You need someone who speaks, everyone listens.

I think Idris Elba is a damn good actor...I hate the idea of him playing an Asgardian but if you asked me which Asgardian would suit him the best I would say yeah it's Heimdall without a doubt. Especially if his character is one who gives advice to Odin.

Heimdall is the quiet thinking man. Yeah he can kick ass with the rest of them but he's the guy who can hear grass growing...he sees all the variables at play while the others are too close to the action and distracted by it. I think Idris is perfect for that.


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