Hollywood is not the core issue
I totally agree that this topic should be addressed. It’s been a long running issue. But I would say it’s not just a ‘Hollywood’ issue, it’s a reflection of an issue of racism in humanity, which Hollywood is reflecting back to audiences. When a motion picture gets packaged, money is put down based on financial projections, which are based on the key creatives and main cast and how much box office clout they have according to popularity figures and box office revenues made from their previous work. It’s a lot more clinical than you may expect in many respects when it comes to film investment. That certainly doesn’t excuse filmmakers from making the same antiquated casting choices they have made since the the film industry began, but at the 150/300 mill level you are naive to assume that Ridley or anyone else can score a budget like that doing whatever they want. That is not the truth of the current economic climate in the industry at all. So be careful to make assumptions you cannot qualify. It took Scorsese 14 years to finally get ‘silence’ made and he’s a living master. We as an audience have to take responsibility. We need to direct some of that censure towards ourselves because these films are being put together based on what we have watched in the past and paid money for. What I’m saying is there are two sides of the coin and we all need to look at our part in it. I don’t think it helps to only focus on Hollywood or any one person and say: ‘He/She is the cause!’ and then use them as a scapegoat for a mass consciousness issue. That kind of perspective becomes a subversive form of bigotry in of itself. It doesn’t take the bigger picture and all it’s parts into account. I’m glad I came across your article and I would love to see a day when we no longer need to discuss this and movies are multi-racial. Sometimes these discussions only focus on black vs white, forgetting there are many other races in the world. For me, I focus on freedom from racist archetypes, which were never real in the first place and based on a time and space our culture clearly no longer wants to be in. Conversations like this are a part of that shift. It’s not however an issue which is all on Hollywood to fix. It’s on all of us and the choices we make as audiences at the box office and as artists writing screenplays.