- Nov 15, 2011
If he was the best actor to encapsulate the required role and the character then fine.How would you feel if Tom Hardy, for instance, put in a good performance so was chosen to play Muhammad Ali? Would you be ok with that or would you prefer they gave the role to a black actor?
I think the difficulty here would be that unlike Anne Boleyn most people know what Ali looks like and sounds like so it depends on whether the producer is making a film that is as authentic looking as possible or is making a film that just wants to be around Ali's character and personality.
Also unlike Anne Boleyn there were issues of race and racism throughout Ali's life so that would have to be handled sensitively and the producer may think a black person would be more appropriate.
I think a better comparison for Anne Boleyn is Othello where for instance Sir Patrick Stewart has played the black lead.