I made a pun. Did you get it? If not, you will. Read on.
It was recently announced that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will be playing the role of the villain Electro (get the pun now?) in the as-yet-untitled sequel to The Amazing Spiderman . To some folks, like myself, this is great news. I think Jamie Foxx is an incredible actor, and I would like to see him play more villainous roles. But, just like with the first (and I’m sure the second) Thor film, there are sure to be people in an uproar over this casting decision.
If you remember back a couple years, there were some so-called fans that were enraged by Idris Elba being cast as Heimdall in Thor. Some were upset because they felt that Marvel wasn’t staying true to the source material. Others were upset because it was a black man playing the role of a character that, in their opinion, should be played by a white man. Because heaven forbid that happen! [sarcasm]
It’s one thing to piss off a regular ol’ run-of-the-mill fanboy, but to piss off a racist fanboy… Oh no noes!
Pffffft! Who cares?
It shouldn’t matter the color of the actor’s skin and matter only the quality of the actor’s performance. (You can quote me!) And Idris Elba is a superb actor. Have you seen him in Thor, The Losers, Luther, or really anything he’s been in? He even made the Ghost Rider sequel seem like a quality film.
Now, that’s talent.
Jamie Foxx is no exception. I can’t think of role that he was awful in, and he’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to Django Unchained. I can’t wait to see what he’s does with a Tarantino-created role, and now I have his portrayal of Electro to look forward to. Not because he’s a black man playing a character who is white in the comics and that’s gonna “shake things up,” but because he’s a great actor, and he’ll do great things.
Just like in every other aspect of life, race shouldn’t play any part in the casting of this film. If the casting director is worried more about making sure the actor’s skin match the character’s than his ability to act, there’s a problem.
There are certain situations where worrying about an actor’s race makes sense, like if the film is a historical piece that deals with slavery or a biopic about an Asian dictator or something of that nature. But, this is comic book film with some room to experiment with the source material. As long as the story is well-written, the acting is top notch, and the effects and stunts look wicked, why get all butt-hurt if one of the character’s race (or gender, for that matter) gets changed?
Some people might say that fanboys will be fanboys, and there’s no pleasing them. But, like I said, these aren’t the typical fanboys. If you’re gonna be a racist douchebag, you have no right to call yourself a fan, a geek, a nerd, a fanboy/fangirl, or a human. You’re an idiot!
Let actors play their roles and enjoy the performance if their acting was good, or dislike it if their acting was bad. That’s it. Don’t judge based on race; judge based on ability.
Otherwise, keep your mouth shut and fall off the face of the Earth. Stop ruining movies (and life) for everyone else.