|Why didn't we get Denzel|
to play him?
Now, at first many of you might be inclined to say "woah! Jack, do you have a problem with black actors?! That's incredibly racist of you!" First: no, I don't have a problem with black actors--or black people for that matter. And secondly: no, it is not racist of me, and here's why.
I have a serious problem with the new trend of casting actors who do not match the race/ethnicity of the characters from the original source material in some cases. Let's consider this particular case. For those who don't know, the story behind Johnny Storm, a.k.a. Human Torch, is that he is the biological brother of the Invisible Girl. If you notice in the article, the actress playing Invisible Girl is as white as the driven snow.
So now, the writers have to make up some shenaniganry about them being half-siblings, or maybe siblings through adoption. They could go with some sort of mixed race idea, but it is rare that a mixed child takes the traits entirely of one parent. I suppose it doesn't really make a difference, but this underscores a serious problem with post-modern American thought. They don't really care about making a compelling story: they just didn't want an all-white cast.
I know there's no way to prove that, but what other explanation can there be? I watched the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert a couple years ago, and the actor playing the role of Javert was black. I think the woman playing Fantine was Asian. Both actors were very talented (especially the actress playing Fantine--amazing voice), but the problem is that the characters themselves are supposed to be white. In 19th century France, it would have been virtually impossible for a man of African descent being a high-level police inspector in the capital city. But more importantly, Victor Hugo's character was white.
I've contemplated this for some time now. I wanted to be sure that my thinking was straight before I voiced this opinion. I considered the idea that perhaps there is some sort of artistic reasoning behind it. But more than likely, it's more about diversity and inclusion than it is about art. Considering the Fantastic Four film will likely have a terrible script and will probably fare no better than the previous F4 attempt, I highly doubt the decision to cast a black Johnny Storm had anything to do with art. A majority of Hollywood writers churn out steaming piles of garbage on a regular basis, so forgive me if I have little faith in the artistic integrity of modern film writing.
It is not about art: it is about agenda. Liberalmerica wants to send a message: people of color are allowed to play characters that are traditionally white. It's sort of like the whole "Black Jesus," thing. For a while, many people were saying "Jesus was black." I understand what they were trying to say, that the common depiction of Jesus being a white man is historically inaccurate, but Jesus was not black, either. Jesus was of Middle Eastern descent, so if anything, Jesus would have looked more Arab than anything.
|He would make a great Jim! Or maybe|
we could cast him as Shaft!
Here's the deal: Jesus was Middle Eastern, Jim in Huckleberry Finn is black, and Johnny Storm is white. If you can convince me that any of that can or should be changed in the name of art, then I'll take it all back. But don't be fooled if you think a black Human Torch has *anything* to do with art.