Dear white people, I’m sorry you’re not what Hamilton is looking for. But if it makes you feel better, you’ll always have Wicked. And Next to Normal. And Phantom. And Jersey Boys. And Gypsy. And Fun Home. And Sweeney Todd. And Spring Awakening. And The Producers. And Spamalot. And Avenue Q. And Fiddler. And Cabaret. And Chicago. And…
Whether Ms. Rowling had described Hermione as white, black, green or none of the above, casting an adaptation of a work is not the same as illustrating it.
An actress creates a character by embodying his or her spirit, not by resembling previous performers. The works of Shakespeare have been cast with any number of ethnicities — including many white actors, historically, as Othello the Moor. That Lin-Manuel Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent does not exactly make his portrayal of a white founding father in “Hamilton” any less powerful or authentic. In fact, the musical’s multiethnic casting metaphorically underscores that America is a nation of immigrants better than any literal likeness could.
Just so, any resistance to Ms. Dumezweni’s casting only proves how appropriate it is. After all, one of the most important aspects of Hermione’s character is that the bigots of her own world consider her impure and illegitimate.
The statistics are unequivocal:
Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind
the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the
numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or
accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far
beyond #OscarsSoWhite. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.) By Melena Ryzik
[image:a headshot of Wendell Pierce next to a quote that reads “A casting head said: “I couldn’t put you in a Shakespeare movie. They didn’t have black people then.” Wendell Pierce“
“In the casting of Robert [Downey Jr.], he was definitely what you would call a ‘non-starter’ for them [Marvel]. They said, ‘who’s your first choice? You can have anybody. Marvel movies are sold based on the costumed hero, so we don’t have to pay anybody and the good news for you is you have the freedom to cast whoever you want.’
I wanted Robert and they went, ‘well that’s a problem.’
I knew in my heart from talking to the guy, I knew what he’s endured in his life, and he was the guy. And he really, really wanted it, really bad. I told him – after going round and round and using every trick that I had to get him hired, every piece of political capital that I could trade in and use as leverage – it just was not gonna happen.
I finally called him and said, ‘Robert, I don’t really know you, I just met you once in the office.’ We really connected in that meeting and I was a fan of his work. I had to call him back a couple of weeks later and said: ‘Look, I really want you for this but it’s just not gonna happen this time around. That’s how it goes.’
Robert said, ‘I understand but with your permission, I’d like to hold out hope.’
And I said, 'Well, alright, I’ll hope as long as you do.’
Finally I saw an opportunity because … Marvel was not meeting that much responsiveness to people wanting to be in the film. So circumstances conspired and there was an opening, and their clock was ticking down. And I was finally able to get Robert to screen-test.
I said (to Marvel): 'Let’s just put him on film. The other guys that you’re thinking of, let’s put them on film, and I’ll put Robert on film.’
Then it happened. Robert just blew the doors of the place and no one can argue.”
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So this is really happening, huh? Production has begun on DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures’ live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, based on the classic manga series by Masamune Shirow. And here is your first look at Scarlett Johansson as the character they’re calling “The Major.” I guess they didn’t have the guts to refer to her by the character’s original name: Major Motoko Kusanagi.
A little teaser to a big announcement we’re bout to drop! New models #Azha and #Rewina in #SanFrancico. Beauty pics up on @dazeddigital Lorde Inc collab w Me and You. Photography by the lovely @monicamoraru <3
I asked Miranda if he would be willing to make any comment regarding the recent casting situations [with universities casting white performers in roles of characters of color] that had come to light. He was familiar with The Mountaintop case, but I had to give him an exceptionally brief précis of what had occurred with Jesus in India. He said he would absolutely speak to the issue, and I had to hold up my hand to briefly pause him as he rushed to start speaking, while I started recording again.
“My answer is: authorial intent wins. Period,” Miranda said. “As a Dramatists Guild Council member, I will tell you this. As an artist and as a human I will tell you this. Authorial intent wins. Katori Hall never intended for a Caucasian Martin Luther King. That’s the end of the discussion. In every case, the intent of the author always wins. If the author has specified the ethnicity of the part, that wins.
“Frankly, this is why it’s so important to me, we’re one of the last entertainment mediums that has that power. You go to Hollywood, you sell a script, they do whatever and your name is still on it. What we protect at the Dramatists Guild is the author’s power over their words and what happens with them. It’s very cut and dry.”
Anticipating the flood of interest in producing Hamilton once the Broadway production and national tours have run their courses, I asked Miranda whether the acting edition of the script of Hamilton will ultimately be specific about the cast’s diversity, and whether, either at the college level or the professional level, he would foresee a situation where white actors were playing leading roles.
“I don’t have the answer to that. I have to consult with the bookwriter, who is also me,” he responded. “I’m going to know the answer a little better once we set up these tours and once we set up the London run. I think the London cast is also going to look like our cast looks now, it’s going to be as diverse as our cast is now, but there are going to be even more opportunities for southeast Asian and Asian and communities of color within Europe that should be represented on stage in that level of production.
“So I have some time on that language and I will find the right language to make sure that the beautiful thing that people love about our show and allows them identification with the show is preserved when this goes out into the world.”