Posts tagged film
Posts tagged film
New Promotional Pictures from The Hobbit
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Paris.– US actor Danny Glover, who plans an epic next year on Haitian independence hero Toussaint-Louverture, said he slaved to raise funds for the movie because financiers complained there were no white heroes.
“Producers said ‘It’s a nice project, a great project… where are the white heroes?’” he told the press during a stay in Paristhis month for a seminar on film.
“I couldn’t get the money here, I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn’t believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to,” he said.
D”The first question you get, is ‘Is it a black film?’ All of them agree, it’s not going to do good in Europe, it’s not going to do good in Japan.
“Somebody has to prove that to be a lie!”, he said. “Maybe I’ll have the chance to prove it.”
“Toussaint,” Glover’s first project as film director, is about Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), a former slave and one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804, making it the first black nation to throw off imperial rule and become a republic.
The uprising he led was bloodily put down in 1802 by 20,000 soldiers dispatched to the Caribbean by Napoleon Bonaparte, who then re-established slavery after its ban by the leaders of the French Revolution.
Due to be shot in Venezuela early next year, the film will star Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett.
Danny Glover, one of the most famous black actors in America, had to go to Venezuela to get the funding for a movie with “no white heroes.”
George Lucas had to pay for Red Tails himself.
This is how hollywood works
EDIT: And some of you motherfuckers are still getting it twisted.
The couple of people responding to my Danny Glover/Toussaint post with things like “well prove to Hollywood there’s an audience!” are missing the point.
It’s not about the fact that there aren’t enough black people who’d want to go see this movie.
It’s entirely about the fact that there is a fundamental deficiency in the psychology of the average white American viewer.
The problem isn’t with black people, black actors or black stories, the problem has always been with y’all.
Reporter: I have a question to Robert and to Scarlett. Firstly to Robert, throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made?
And to Scarlett, to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?
Scarlett: How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question?
The respect given to you if you’re a man in the entertainment business, and the respect given to you if you’re a woman in the entertainment business: all perfectly summed up in one idiotically thought out line of questioning.
The Fifth Element
I apologize for nothing.
Oh gods I will be singing this all day now.
Well… there’s my earworm for the day…
Can guarantee my co-works will look at me like I’m crazy (-er… than usual) because I have a feeling not a single one of them has ever seen the movie.