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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cinema in Noir: Idris Elba Is Sick of the Black Question, and Michelle Rodriguez's Controversial Thoughts on Black Women and Oscar

Of course it's not enough that the man is in several successful movies right now (including Prometheus, out this week), but Idris Elba also has to save the black race of actors too, right? Well, many seem to think so.

On today's Cinema in Noir, we discuss Elba's recent interview with Uptown Magazine. The actor was asked about the challenges of being black in Hollywood, to which he responded: "Next question... I’m so bored of answering that. Are there differences between black actors’ opportunities and white actors’ opportunities? Yes, there are. It’s been said. I’d rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was. I get these roles because I can act and that’s it. Hopefully that’s it. The less I talk about being black, the better."

Well, folks in the black community appear to be in an uproar about his comments, some even thinking he's abandoning his blackness for big Hollywood projects. Dang, can't the man just work without the added responsibility of black ambassadorship? You can read more of his interview here.

And while we're on the subject of actors with controversial points of view, Michelle Rodriguez (of Girlfight and Battle: Los Angeles fame) seems to think that only actresses have to be black and trashy to win Oscars. Oh, is that so, Ms. Rodriguez? Let's go ask Marisa Tomei from The Wrestler and My Cousin Vinny how she feels about that. We talk more on the show. More on her candid interview here.

Keeping with the topic, we also discuss director Lee Daniels and his frustration over the negative reviews he's received for his latest film, The Paperboy, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few weeks ago. He claims, "I think that if it were Pedro Almodovor or some Italian director telling the story we wouldn't be in the situation we're in. I should be doing Precious—urban stories that make sense for me. How dare I step out of my comfort zone and tell a story like this." What do you think about the director's allegations? More on his GQ interview here.

And, last but not least, we go over the latest film news, including the newest role Beyonce has signed up to play, and share reviews of The Intouchables by The Popcorn Reel's Omar Moore and Snow White an the Huntsman.

Missed the show? Catch a recap below:

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Daniel said...

Great listen, fascinating discussion all around.

Clarabela said...

I agree with Idris. I think reporters ask questions like that because they are not prepared to interview Black actors. So they resort to the same old questions.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Elba. I'm sure he's not the only one tired of getting similar questions. I'm sure minority actors get tired of being used as a flag or trophy and/or asked the same question given their fame and talent.

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