Saturday, July 12, 2008

Wanted: Rosario Dawson!

Admittedly, I'm not steeped in comic book knowledge, so when I first saw the over-the-top, we're-still-doing-Matrix-type-shit style of WANTED in the trailers for the film, I did not know the origin of the concept and wasn't sure what to make of it. Having since learned about the graphic novel and having seen the film, I can't quite shake the failings of casting Angelina Jolie.

Don't get me wrong (or DO, it won't matter since I'll explain my way out of it anyhow), I enjoyed the film enough and Jolie was good in it. But lately, there has been some controversy over casting her in a role originally written as African-American. I tend to agree with that. Generally, my belief lies within the actor and their interpretation of the role. I really don't care who you are or what your role entails, as long as you are able to bring something rewarding to the performance and ultimately pull it off. The true controversy lies in the fact that Hollywood would rarely cast in the opposite route. Imagine them not casting Jolie in the Lara Croft role and going with a black actress instead. Such an idea wouldn't occur to them and therefore, the argument is valid.
The truth is, there are plenty of African-American actresses out there who could easily pull off the WANTED role.
i.e. Rosario Dawson.

Think about it. She's beautiful, sexy and can kick ass proper. So, why not? Sure, Jolie is a bigger name, which might guarantee a bigger draw, but since the film has it's own vibe and will find it's audience no matter what, I don't think casting someone else in the role would affect it's chances at succeeding. Besides, Dawson already has a loyal fanbase (and has major comic book cred) and I truly feel this as a missed opportunity. Better fit begets better film.



1 comment:

Charlie Cervas said...

The tarantino in me likes the one with the red background.