a black James Bond needs to happen

thegrayteam101  asked:

Do you agree that Bex is often white washed in fancast and fanart despite you writing her as a 'black James Bond?' Do think white washing happens a lot especially when YA books like GG are turned into movies?

First, thanks for your question and, especially, for reading the books! I’m so grateful for all of my readers and I love hearing from all of you.

Next, I probably need to let everyone know that I don’t actually read any of the fanfiction of my books. This is a pretty universal rule for authors because of various creative and legal concerns. I think it’s cool that you guys write it! I’m just not in a position where I can read it. I’m sorry.

I do, however, sometimes come across fan art and other visual things about the books. I don’t actively seek them out, but they cross my various feeds from time to time. I have to say, for the most part I’ve been pleased that people seem to cast/depict all the girls well, but I have no doubt that there probably are/have been instances where people have gotten Bex’s ethnicity wrong. But in my experience that seems to happen fairly infrequently. 

And I could be wrong about what is out there overall. As I said, I’m not searching it out, so I only see a small percentage. I just see enough to know that a whole lot of you are envisioning Bex as Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie on the Vampire Diaries. And that is a pretty darn perfect match to the Bex who lives inside my head.)

(My actual Perfect Bex is the actress who is in that very brief scene in the diner at the beginning of the sixth Harry Potter movie–you know the waitress Harry was supposed to go on a date with after her shift? Well, when I saw that I freaked out and wanted to yell in the theater IT’S BEX! BEX IS GOING ON A DATE WITH HARRY POTTER! But I didn’t yell it, and I’m very proud of my restraint.)

As for whitewashing in Hollywood, that is a much, much, much larger and more problematic situation. I won’t say much about the whitewashing of roles because other people have said it far better than I can.

But I will say this: if (and it is a HUGE if) there is ever a Gallagher Girls movie, tv show, tv movie…whatever, I can tell you with 99% certainty that the cast will be just as culturally diverse as any spy school would need to be.

I’m thrilled to be working with Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver of Tonik Productions and we have had several conversations about the Gallagher Girls, and on multiple occasions they have told me that the cultural diversity of the GG world is one of the things that drew them to the project. 

I can’t promise much when it comes to Hollywood. But this much I feel pretty darn certain of.

Again, a GG movie is still a far off dream at this stage of the game, but I feel like this is an issue that is close to the hearts of many people involved, and none of them will take that responsibility lightly.

Happy reading!



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Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman and the Russo Brothers on Captain America: Civil War

Chris Evans: “In most of the movies, there’s no question who we should be siding with. We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for [Cap]. It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.”

Joe Russo: “The story is about family. And what happens if they don’t agree. We’ve been comparing it to a fight at a wedding. What happens when your cousin and your brother go at it, and whose side are you on, and where does it go from there?”

Anthony Russo: “How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other? [Cap is] such a strong, grounded, morally centered, ethically centered character. You can beat at him pretty hard as a hero, to try to crack that strength — both morally and physically.”

Chadwick Boseman: “Ultimately some sides are taken, but I think the trick of the movie is for no one to be blindly following. Everybody is actually on their own side, in truth.”

Chadwick Boseman on T’Challa/Black Panther:

“He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance, I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.”

“There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world, I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda. I think those are the things you will see.”

“The spoiled brat thing is never an option. He’s not in any way unaware of how important his role and his position is. I think he’s very much aware of the responsibility.”

Chris Evans on T’Challa/Black Panther

“I love our scenes together because I do think they feel a sense of responsibility. I think they’re both very selfless people. They want the right thing, no one’s irrational, no one has an inflated ego. They’re family-first people. I think outside of the suits we’d be friends, Steve and T’Challa.”

Kevin Feige on how Black Panther was included in Captain America: Civil War

“We kept talking about ‘somebody like Black Panther …’ After the third or fourth time that came up in a development meeting, someone said, ‘Can’t we just do the Black Panther?’ And we all looked at each other and said, ‘Yeah, I guess we could,’. We introduce him here, give him an arc, and make him a full character. We don’t just give him a cameo, to wave. He has his own conflict and his own people that he’s looking out for.”

Nate Moore on Black Panther’s role in the film

“[He is] the undecided voter, he’s someone who hasn’t necessarily made up his mind about either side and whose agenda isn’t exactly what Cap’s agenda or what Tony’s agenda is. And I think that brings him into conflict weirdly with both characters at different times in the film. He is the prince of an African nation that has so far stayed very much sort of in the shadows. And eventually the film will draw him and his father out of the shadows.”

“In publishing, he is sort of this very wise and a sanguine figure who seems to know more than he lets on, I think this is Black Panther in his younger years, where he maybe is a little bit more fiery than I think how they write him in the comics because he’s very much in the nascent stages of being a hero. So that means he is probably more fallible than the Black Panther that you read in comics, but for reasons that are completely logical.”

The Russo Brothers on Black Panther’s costume

Anthony Russo: “Panther is a cool character and he has a toughness, and a sort of intimidation factor with his costume. We’re experimenting with how the light catches the costume.”

Joe Russo: “It has a sheen because its a weave of the strongest metal in this fictional universe.”

Anthony Russo: “It’s like medieval chain mail, woven extremely thin. It’s not comparable to any other costumes in the universe.”

Chadwick Boseman on vibranium and Black Panther’s fighting style

“As far as the storytelling is concerned, the vibranium is a metal that is dynamic. It can change how it’s used. It’s not a liquid, but it has the ability to change shape and change form and still have its strength. I think there a lot of things about that in the mythology that I think has a lot of potential in terms of the storytelling… It’s not just about being durable, it has the ability to absorb energy. It’s not just like you hit it and it doesn’t take it. It has the ability to absorb the attack of another person and repel or respond to that attack. That’s part of the power.”

“There are some animal forms, but not just cat. He could be a snake, or various different styles. Obviously there’s an opportunity to do some capoeira.”

“The key with T’Challa is to keep everybody on their toes. It’s to do the thing that is surprising, that you wouldn’t expect. So there’s a lot of agility and a lot of, like, ‘Why did he do that? Oh now I know why he did that. He was gonna come over here after he did that.’ I wouldn’t say he’s a ninja, but he does employ some of those aspects as well.”

Chris Evans on Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier

“Had Bucky not been brainwashed he’d be doing the same thing Cap is doing, taking orders from S.H.I.E.L.D. and fighting for the country and then realizing S.H.I.E.L.D. is corrupt. But Bucky’s a different situation. He obviously couldn’t make these choices. This is — I don’t want to give too much about the plot away but Bucky’s a big piece of the puzzle in this movie just because it gives Steve something that he really hasn’t had besides Peggy, but even Peggy is well on in her life.”

“No one on this planet knew him then. No one is left. He doesn’t have any peace with his youth. He doesn’t have any peace from his life, so Bucky and whatever happens with Bucky in this movie… That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends.”

Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016.

Thanks to EW