Perspective | 98 times a white actor played someone who wasn't white (2023)




An earlier version of this story included references to Rob Schneider's performances in two different films. Schneider's mother was Filipino.

oInternetwasshockedshocked!— to learn this week that white male Joseph Fiennes has been cast as African-American icon Michael Jackson in a TV movie. But those who were surprised by the news did not pay attention. Despite decades of protests against racially inappropriate casting and the recentprotests over lack of diversityamong Oscar nominees, filmmakers continue to cast white actors as minority characters with depressing regularity.

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Hollywood still hasn't thought about the fact that the ancient Middle East wasn't entirely populated by handsome white men with neatly trimmed beards. It's well documented that the area was once home to people with darker skin than, say, Richard Gere, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, who played a biblical hero (David, Noah and Moses, respectively). But here we are again, with "gods of egypt” is scheduled for release next month, and a cast of white actors star in a film about a place whose ancient inhabitants had olive skin and black hair.

That's not to say Hollywood hasn't learned a thing over the years: as far back as 1965, the New York Times was horrified when a British version of "Othello" featured Laurence Olivier in blackface, and now everyone agrees that Mickey Rooney's false teeth teeth were the worst thing about "Breakfast at Tiffany's".


But even though Hollywood is making actors alter their physical appearance less than they used to, it's not necessarily giving minority actors the chance to play minor roles. Instead, they're making these white papers. More than a dozen times, Hollywood has taken source material (from real life to Japanese novels and anime) that featured people of color and turned it into movies starring white people. When the scripts are written, black Halmea is white Alma ("Hud", 1963) and Hispanic Irina is lily-white Irene ("Drive", 2011). These moves aren't necessarily made to accommodate great acting talent.

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“Birth of a Nation”, 1915: The first movie to be shown inside the White House featured several white actors with black faces. One of them, Walter Long, was listed in the credits as a "renegade Negro".

“Broken Blossoms”, 1919: Richard Barthelmess, a white actor, played Cheng Huan. It's not a good sign that the film's alternate title is "The Yellow Man and the Girl."

“The Sheikh”, 1921: a white actor, Rudolph Valentino, played the sheikh of the same name, an Arab character named Ahmed Ben Hassan.

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“The Thief of Baghdad,” 1924: Douglas Fairbanks, a white actor, played an Aladdin-like character who was supposedly from, well, Baghdad. Julanne Johnston, a white actress, played a lovestruck princess of Baghdad.

"The Sheikh's Son", 1926: Rudolf Valentino resumed his role as sheikh. Vilma Banky, a white Hungarian actress, played Arab dancer Yasmin.

“The Jazz Singer”, 1927: A white actor, Al Jolson, played the title role in Blackface. Black audiences were not necessarily opposed to the representation, which they saw as potentially paving the way for (real) black actors to take lead roles in future films. The Amsterdam News, the country's oldest black newspaper, called "The Jazz Singer" "one of the greatest films ever made" and wrote that "[all] artists of color are proud of" Jolson.


"Charlie Chan Continues", 1931: Warner Oland, a white actor, played the Chinese character for the first of seven times. He wore the same ridiculous mustache every time.

"Swing Time", 1936: Fred Astaire appeared black-faced in a musical number that most people read as a tribute, not a mockery, to black tap dancer Bill Robinson.

“The Good Earth,” 1937: All of the main actors in this film, based on the Pearl S. Buck novel about a Chinese farming family, were white.

"Everybody Sing", 1938: Judy Garland's character in this musical was not black, but tried to join a musical company by auditioning with a black face.

“Dragon Seed”, 1944: Katherine Hepburn wore prosthetic eyelids to play Chinese heroine Jade Tan. Hepburn is the most famous white actor in the cast, but certainly not the only one: Chinese actors only played children and extras.


“Anna and the King of Siam”, 1946: Rex Harrison, a white British actor, played King Mongkut.

“Fiesta,” 1947: Usually blonde actress Esther Williams played María Morales, a Mexican woman who dreams of becoming a bullfighter.

“Lost Boundaries”, 1949: Mel Ferrer, son of a Cuban father and an American mother, played a light-skinned black doctor who posed as white in an attempt to get a job.

"Winchester '73," 1950: Rock Hudson, a white actor of German, Swiss, English, and Irish descent, played a Native American character named Young Bull, who uttered the memorable line, "All white men are thieves." Apparently from parts of movies and also from land.

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“Show Boat,” 1951: Ava Gardner played a mixed-race character who posed as white, making her marriage to a white man dangerous and illegal. Lena Horne, an actress who was actually of mixed race, was considered for the role but was turned down due to discomfort with the interracial love scenes.


“Othello”, 1952: one of the most famous black characters in literature is also one of the most commonly portrayed in blackface. But Orson Welles, who played the title character in this adaptation of the classic play, had the good sense to skip the blackface in favor of a "soft tan."

“Apache”, 1954 – go ahead and guess what kind of character Burt Lancaster played here.

“Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing”, 1955: Dr. Han Suyin, the mixed-race doctor from China who falls in love with an American in Hong Kong in this film, claims, "I'm Eurasian!" through the film. But the actress who played Suyin, Jennifer Jones, was neither European nor Asian; Jones was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to American parents.

"The Tea House of the August Moon", 1956: Marlon Brando played a Japanese woman named Sakini.

“O Conqueror,” 1956: John Wayne plays Genghis Khan.


“The Ten Commandments”, 1956: American Charlton Heston and Russian actor Yul Brynner, both white, played a Hebrew hero and an Egyptian pharaoh, respectively, in the biblical epic.

“The King and I”, 1956: It was a busy year for Yul Brynner. In addition to playing Ramses II in "The Ten Commandments", Brynner starred as King Mongkut of Siam in what would become a lifetime role for him. (He played Mongkut 4,625 times on stage.)

“Touch of Evil,” 1958: Charlton Heston played a Mexican character with shades of brown that varied considerably throughout the film.

Imitation of Life, 1959: Susan Kohner, a mixed-race actress, won two Golden Globes for her portrayal of Sarah Jane, a mixed-race young woman. So far so good! But Kohner's mother was Mexican and his father Czech; Sarah Jane was supposedly half black and passed for white.

"West Side Story", 1961: Natalie Wood played Puerto Rican María.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's", 1961: If an offensive Japanese-related stereotype occurs to you, Mickey Rooney probably used it in his portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi. yellow face? Check. Bull teeth? I have it too. Outrageous accent? Yes. Rooney defended the role for years, but finally made an apology of sorts.


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“King of Kings,” 1961: White actor Jeffrey Hunter played Jesus in another biblical epic populated almost entirely by white people playing characters of Middle Eastern descent.

“A Majority of One”, 1961: Alec Guinness, a white British actor, played Japanese businessman Koichi Asano.

“The Outsider”, 1961: Tony Curtis, a white actor of Hungarian descent, played Ira Hamilton Hayes, a Native American soldier creatively nicknamed “The Chief”.

"Lawrence of Arabia", 1962: Repeat offender Alec Guinness played Arab Prince Faisal.

"Cleopatra", 1963: Elizabeth Taylor played the last Egyptian pharaoh.

“Hud,” 1963: Patricia Neal, a white actress, won an Oscar for her role as Alma, a coveted housekeeper who dodges the advances of several men. In the book the movie was based on, “Alma” was “Halmea”, a black woman. The film's screenwriter later said, "We would have loved to keep her black for the movie", but "back then you just couldn't do that". She admitted that it wasn't “for lack of talent, there were at least half a dozen powerful black actresses who could have played that role. But the times weren't ready for that yet."

“The Face of Fu Manchu,” 1965: Before playing Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings series, Christopher Lee was “a Chinese evil genius” with an extravagant beard and suspiciously narrowed eyes. The actor would play Fu Manchu in several sequels.


“The Greatest Story Ever Told,” 1965: White actor Max von Sydow played Jesus.

“Othello,” 1965: Laurence Olivier played the black-faced title character so outrageously that New York Times critic Bosley Crowther was forced to use an exclamation point in his outrage.revisionof the movie.

“Stay Away, Joe”, 1968: Elvis Presley played Joe Lightcloud, a Native American character.

“The Party,” 1968: Peter Sellers, a white British actor, played the title character, a swarthy-faced Indian named Hrundi V. Bakshi.

“The Wind and the Lion”, 1975: Sean Connery played Raisuli, a character loosely based on the real-life Mulai Ahmed er Raisuni, a sort of Moroccan Robin Hood figure.

“The Year of Living Dangerously”, 1982: Linda Hunt, a white actress, played a Chinese-Australian dwarf. We don't know either.

“A Passage to India”, 1984: Alec Guinness (hello again!) played Indian scholar Narayan Godbole.

“King David”, 1985: Richard Gere played David.

“Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins”, 1985: Joel Gray, a white man from Cleveland, played Chiun, a Korean martial arts master.

"Delta Force", 1986: Robert Forster played Abdul.

“Allan Quatermain & the Lost City of Gold”, 1986: Robert Donner, a white actor, played Swarma, a vaguely Asian guru who is always causing trouble. In stills from the film, Donner appears to be brown in the face and is doing something silly with his hands in every scene.

“Short Circuit”, 1986: white actor Fisher Stevens played Indian engineer Ben Jabituya.

“Curto Circuito 2”, 1988: A young Aziz Ansari was delighted to see this film. “An Indian main character? With a Caucasian love interest? In the 1980s? What's going on here?" he wondered. Well, brownface. A few years later, Ansari hopped on IMDB and discovered that "the Indian was white".concludingthat he was a "well-meaning, if slightly misguided, young actor who needed a job at a more culturally insensitive time".

"The Last Temptation of Christ", 1988: You already know the exercise. Biblical epic, so we have a white guy (Willem Dafoe this time) playing Jesus.

“Not Without My Daughter”, 1991: British-American actor Alfred Molina played Sayed Bozorg “Moody” Mahmoody, an abusive Iranian character.

“The House of the Spirits”, 1993: Winona Ryder, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave and Glenn Close portray Blanca Trueba, Clara del Valle, Nivea del Valle and Ferula Trueba, respectively, in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's novel. Despite being set in Chile and featuring characters supposedly of Latin American origin, the film's only black women played a prostitute, a rape victim, and a babysitter.

"Carlito's Way", 1993: Al Pacino played Puerto Rican "lisp" Carlito.

“Father of the Bride Part II”, 1995: Canadian-Jewish actor Eugene Levy played Mr. Habib, an Arab character.

“Starship Troopers,” 1997: White actor Casper Van Dien played Johnny Rico, a now-white character who was of Filipino descent in the book the film is based on.

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“The Mask of Zorro”, 1998: Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins played the Spanish hero Zorro (as well as Antonio Banderas, who is actually Spanish).

“Pay It Forward,” 2000: Kevin Spacey played social studies professor Eugene Simonet, who was white in the film but black (and named Reuben St. Clair) in the book. Rumor has it that Denzel Washington was offered the role of Reuben but turned it down. Obviously, the next option was Kevin Spacey.

“The Human Stain”, 2003: Anthony Hopkins played Coleman Silk, a black teacher who passes for white.

“The Passion of the Christ”, 2004: white man Jim Caviezel played Jesus.

"Memoirs of a Geisha", 2005: Okay, this one didn't involve whites, but it caused problems. Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi, both Chinese actresses, played the Japanese characters Mameha and Sayuri, respectively. It made people angryacrossAsia: Japanese critics were outraged that Japanese actresses were not cast in the roles, and their Chinese counterparts resented seeing Chinese women in geisha roles, particularly given the story of Japanese soldiers kidnapping Chinese women and forcing them women to be sex slaves during World War II. 🇧🇷 🇧🇷

“World Trade Center,” 2006: William Mapother played Marine Sgt. Thomas, one of the men who helped rescue two Port Authority police officers from the rubble of the World Trade Center. In real life, Thomas is black; Mapother is white.

“A Mighty Heart”, 2007: Angelina Jolie played Mariane Pearl, the wife of kidnapped journalist Daniel Pearl. Pearl is a French woman of Afro-Cuban descent; jolie appeareddarken your skinand change the hair to the paper.

"Stuck", 2007: Mena Suvari played Brandi Boski, a character clearly based on Chante Mallard, who is black in real life. There might have been some plausible deniability here were it not for the decision to put Suvari's blonde hair in braids.

“30 Days of Night,” 2007: Josh Hartnett played Eben Oleson, a character of Inuit descent in the original comic book series.

“The Love Guru”, 2008: Canadian Mike Myers played supposed Indian guru Pitka (and “Young Pitka” and “Teenage Pitka”) in this comedy. He skipped the swarthy face, but opted for an elaborate brown beard. You know who didn't make a mistake in this movie? The character of Deepak Chopra, who was portrayed by Deepak Chopra.

“21”, 2008: Virtually every actor in this movie was racially miscast. The mostly white cast included Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, and Jacob Pitts, among others, but nearly everyone involved in the real-life card counting scheme that inspired the film was of Asian descent.

“Dragonball: Evolution”, 2009: Justin Chatwin, a white Canadian actor, played the main character Goku, who was Japanese in the original manga on which the film was based.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, 2009: Here's a surprise: In the early Harry Potter films, Lavender Brown was a Gryffindor student who appeared on screen several times but didn't have a large role. In these early films, she was played by black British actresses: Kathleen Cauley in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and Jennifer Smith in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". But before Lavender Brown's role became a speaking role in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the filmmakers made an open call for the role and replaced Smith with Jessie Cave, a blonde British ballerina.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” 2010: In a widely derided casting decision, Jake Gyllenhall was cast as Dastan, the aforementioned prince.

“The Social Network”, 2010: Max Minghella played Divya Narendra, who was one of the creators of HarvardConnection, the predecessor of Facebook. Minghella is a British actor of Chinese and European descent; Narendra is an American Indian.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender,” 2010: In the anime series that inspired this movie, all of the characters were Asian or Native American. In the film version, the three main protagonists were turned into white characters; only the villain remained a person of color.

“Drive,” 2011: Carey Mulligan played Irene, who was portrayed as white in the film but was Hispanic in the original novel. The script initially called for an "Irina", but the name was changed to "Irene" after Mulligan joined.

“Day of the Falcon”, 2011: Spanish swordsman Antonio Banderas played Emer Nesib, an Arab character, and white actor Mark Strong played Sultan Amar.

“Argo,” 2012: Ben Affleck played Tony Mendez, an American whose father was Mexican. Some people have criticized the casting choice, but Mendez has officially said that he doesn't consider himself Hispanic and wasn't opposed to Affleck playing him.

“The Lone Ranger”, 2013: Johnny Depp played Native American Tonto. Don't worry; Depp was adopted by the Comanche Nation a year before the film's release.

“Star Trek Into Darkness,” 2013: Benedict Cumberbatch played Khan, a villain of Indian descent.

“Warm Bodies,” 2013: Analeigh Tipton played Nora, who appeared white in the film but was half Ethiopian in the original book.

“Exodus, gods and kings”, 2014: where to start? In this film you can find Christian Bale as Moses; Australian Joel Edgerton as Ramses; John Turturro as Seti; The Spanish actress María Valverde as Séfora, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya and the British Ben Kingsley as Monja. What you won't find is anyone from Egypt in a leadership role.

“Noah”, 2014: This biblical epic does no better. Top billing goes to actors from New Zealand, the US and Great Britain, including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” 2014: White actor William Fichtner played Eric Sacks, a villain often portrayed as Japanese; he will reprise the role in future films.

“Aloha,” 2015: Light-skinned Emma Stone starred as the lead, who was written as a mixed-race character with a Swedish mother and a half-Chinese, half-Hawaiian father.

“The Martian”, 2015: The filmmakers really mixed things up here. Mackenzie Davis, a white actress, played Mindy Park, who was Korean-American in the original novel. And they turned Venkat Kapoor, who was an Indian in the novel, into "Vincent", played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British actor of Nigerian descent.

Pan, 2015: Rooney Mara she played the Native American princess Tiger Lily, much to everyone's annoyance.

“Dr. Strange,” 2016: Tilda Swinton will play “The Ancient One,” a male Tibetan mystic.

“Ghost In the Shell,” 2017: Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play Motoko Kusanagi, who is Japanese in the anime series the film is based on.

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What is it called when white actors play non-white characters? ›

August 2022) Whitewashing is a casting practice in the film industry in which white actors are cast in non-white roles.

Who played someone who wasn t white in 98 times a white actor? ›

The Internet was shocked — shocked! — to learn this week that white guy Joseph Fiennes has been cast as African American icon Michael Jackson in a TV movie.

What is an example of whitewashing in entertainment? ›

Whitewashing may also involve a White person pretending to be a person of color—like Johnny Depp masquerading as a Native American in "The Lone Ranger"—creating entire worlds where people of color don't exist. Another prime example is "The Lord of The Rings" film series.

What characters have been whitewashed? ›

Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, And 17 Other White Actors Who Have Played Non-White Characters
  • Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo (2012) ...
  • Marlon Brando as Sakini in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) ...
  • Kirsten Dunst as Edwina in The Beguiled (2017) ...
  • Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
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What is the meaning of blackwashing? ›

Noun. blackwashing (uncountable) (derogatory) The revisionist portrayal of something as belonging to a black race of people. quotations ▼ The application of a coating of blackwash.

What is the opposite of whitewashing? ›

Blackwashing, or racebending, is the act of taking an originally white character and making them black, or a person of color.

Who were the black actors in the early 1900s? ›

  • Ruby Dandridge – 1900.
  • Etta Moten – 1901.
  • Adelaide Hall – 1901.
  • Jester Hairston – 1901.
  • Louis Armstrong – 1901.
  • Louise Beavers – 1902.
  • Everett Brown – 1902.
  • Stepin Fetchit – 1902.

Who was the most famous actor in the 1930s? ›

RankThespianAVG Review %
1Clark Gable68.7 %
2Myrna Loy63.9 %
3Hattie McDaniel72.1 %
4Lionel Barrymore68.0 %
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What else did Peter Dinklage play in? ›

Peter Dinklage

What does acting whitewashed mean? ›

To whitewash is to intentionally hide some kind of wrongdoing, error, or unpleasant situation—or deal with it in a way that attempts to make it seem less bad than it is. Whitewash can also be used as a noun referring to the deceptive words or actions used to cover something up in this way.

What is women's whitewash? ›

The women are painted white to shift the focus from their physical traits, race or culture to their gender, says Joshi.

Is Disney white washed? ›

Whether they are Black characters or other characters of color, Disney's continual whitewashing of characters sends a message to children and adults alike that Eurocentric features are considered more acceptable. Disney seems to be focused on whitewashing their Black characters and characters of color.

What is Johnny Depp's white? ›

Depp is of primarily English descent, with some French, German, and Irish ancestry.

Why is Hollywood whitewashing? ›

Hollywood whitewashing — or the practice of replacing the experiences of people of color with those of white people, via casting, storytelling method, or other means — is nothing new. In fact, back in that so-coveted Golden Age of Hollywood, it was often second nature.

What is white washing in movies? ›

More and more people are using 'whitewashing' to describe the practice of casting white actors as non-white characters. This use of whitewashing began to take off in the late 1990s, as more people of color called out the television industry and Hollywood for their tendency to default to casting white actors.

What is the white washing? ›

the practice of using only white actors, models, or performers, especially the practice of using a white actor to play a character who is not white: Her casting to play a Native American character led to accusations of whitewashing. More examples.

What does gray washed mean? ›

from The Century Dictionary.

noun In calico-bleaching, an operation following the singeing, consisting of washing in pure water in order to wet out the cloth and render it more absorbent, and also to remove some of the weavers' dressing.

What is called white wash? ›

Whitewash, or calcimine, kalsomine, calsomine, or lime paint is a type of paint made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide, Ca(OH)2) or chalk calcium carbonate, (CaCO3), sometimes known as "whiting". Various other additives are sometimes used.

What does whitewashing mean in race? ›

Whitewashing is the practice of erasing people of color either through replacing a minority character with a white character, or more commonly with a white actor replacing a minority actor in the portrayal of a character of color.

Why is it called whitewashing? ›

Etymology. The first known use of the term is from 1591 in England. Whitewash is a cheap white paint or coating of chalked lime that was used to quickly give a uniform clean appearance to a wide variety of surfaces, such as the interior of a barn.

What is another word for non white? ›

black dark coloured dark-skinned non-white.

Who were Black celebrities in the 1920s? ›

Musicians like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong were creating the sounds that defined the Jazz Age. Performers Paul Robeson and Josephine Baker were revolutionizing musical theater. Painters like Aaron Douglas and Archibald Motley Jr.

Who was the first black person to act in a movie? ›

Stepin Fetchit, Hollywood's First Black Film Star Although he never won an Oscar, Lincoln Perry was America's first black movie star. But for that distinction, Perry paid a heavy price — he is best known as the character of Stepin Fetchit, a befuddled, mumbling, shiftless fool.

What was the first movie to star a black person? ›

On July 26, 1971, Time Magazine produced an article stating, “people are running to the theaters to see the new black heroes.” Never before had blacks been seen in this kind of action, however it was not always like that. In 1903, Uncle Tom's Cabin, starred the first black actor to ever appear on screen.

What is considered best actor of all time? ›

Top 10 Actors of All Time, According to the American Film...
  • 8 James Cagney.
  • 7 Clark Gable.
  • 6 Henry Fonda.
  • 5 Fred Astaire.
  • 4 Marlon Brando.
  • 3 James Stewart.
  • 2 Cary Grant.
  • 1 Humphrey Bogart.
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Who was the most famous actor in 1980? ›

Highest Grossing Stars of 1980 at the Domestic Box Office
RankNameStar Score
1Jane Fonda440
2Clint Eastwood360
3John Belushi269
4Burt Reynolds262
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Who is the No 1 famous actor in world? ›

Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office
1Scarlett Johansson33
2Robert Downey, Jr.43
3Samuel L. Jackson64
4Zoe Saldana30
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Who is the most loved actor in Game of Thrones? ›

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister is undoubtedly the most beloved and popular character on "Game of Thrones," and for good reason. Tyrion is one of the few characters left to root for, and in his performance, Peter Dinklage proves that it was the role he was born to play.

Which actor made the most from Game of Thrones? ›

On-screen brothers Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had the joint highest estimated net worth at around 16 million U.S. dollars apiece.

Who is Dinklage wife? ›

What happens during whitewashing? ›

The substance which is used for white washing is Calcium oxide . Calcium oxide when reacted with water produces Calcium hydroxide(Lime water). This absorbs the Carbon dioxide present in the environment and produces Calcium carbonate. This Calcium carbonate forms a hard coating on the walls.

What is whitewash in the Bible? ›

“Whitewashing” is the purposeful exclusion of ethnic minorities in mainstream leading roles, leaving them only to play supporting or villainous ones.

Is Aladdin whitewashed? ›

In a statement, the film giant confirmed a “handful of instances” where white background performers were used “when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control.”

Does Disney have tampons in the bathrooms? ›

You will be pleased to know that you can typically find feminine hygiene products, like sanitary pads, for purchase either individually in the bathrooms of the theme parks or in many of the shops located in Disney Resort hotels.

Is Moana white washed? ›

(A) "Moana" is different from other animated movies because it does not use "whitewashing." (B) "Kubo and the Two Strings" was made by Laika/Focus Features and set in ancient Japan.

What is Johnny Depp's natural accent? ›

Long story short, he (and at least his base accent) is as American as they come. Has his accent changed? Throughout his career, Depp has been accused of changing his accent or dipping in and out of British, Scottish, even dabbling in an Australian lilt every now and again.

What is Johnny Depp's English accent? ›

It is also believed that the actor has developed Foreign Accent Syndrome. According to Marca, it is a, “speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign accent.” This rare condition develops after traumatic head injuries.

How many people are blacklisted from Hollywood? ›

Pressured by Congress, the Hollywood establishment started a blacklist policy, banning the work of about 325 screenwriters, actors and directors who had not been cleared by the committee.

What percentage of Hollywood actors are white? ›

The most common ethnicity of actors is White (57.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (16.5%), Black or African American (13.2%) and Unknown (6.6%). In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned. 19% of all actors are LGBT.

Who were the Hollywood brats? ›

Hollywood Brats

What is a soap in movie? ›

: a serial drama performed originally on a daytime radio or television program and chiefly characterized by tangled interpersonal situations and melodramatic or sentimental treatment.

What are chameleon actors? ›

Chameleon actor: This is commonly whilst an actor is so completely distinctive in every role, they play that you don't understand it's them in every movie until you get instructed. So, they're as compared to being like chameleons as they can seem to just change their complete look and persona and blend into their film.

What is it called when different actors play the same character? ›

In film and television, dual roles are often used for comic effect, or to depict identical twins or relatives. In a theatrical production where more than one actor plays multiple characters, it is sometimes referred to as an "Ironman" cast.

What is it called when an actor can play different roles? ›

A dual role, double role, or double-casting is when one actor plays two or more roles in a production.

What does whitewashing mean in acting? ›

Whitewashing is the practice of erasing people of color either through replacing a minority character with a white character, or more commonly with a white actor replacing a minority actor in the portrayal of a character of color.

What are the four types of actors? ›

There are four key types of actors, which are defined as Personality Actors, who use their own personality to bring life to a character; Creative Actors, or actors who go against their own personality; Chameleon Actors, who can play a wide variety of unrelated roles; and Nonprofessional Actors who add realism to ...

What is an actor Swift? ›

Actors are a new kind of type in Swift. They provide the same capabilities as all of the named types in Swift. They can have properties, methods, initializers, subscripts, and so on. They can conform to protocols and be augmented with extensions.

What is a blacklisted actor? ›

The blacklist involved the practice of denying employment to entertainment industry professionals believed to be or to have been Communists or sympathizers. Actors, screenwriters, directors, musicians, and other American entertainment professionals were barred from work by the studios.

What are the three types of actors? ›

Acting can easily be broken down into three different kinds: stage acting, screen acting, and being a movie star. Each category of acting is very different from one another, with each one having very different requirements.

What is the actor's paradox? ›

Paradox of the Actor (French: Paradoxe sur le comédien), written between 1770 and 1778 but first published after the death of the author in 1830, is a dramatic essay by Denis Diderot elucidating a theory of acting in which it is argued that great actors do not experience the emotions they are displaying.

What is an example of dual role? ›

Examples of dual role

The dual role of encouraging original work and critiquing it is difficult. In such a framework, a control policy has the dual role of discouraging emissions and triggering new abatement technologies.

Can actor be used for both genders? ›

Traditionally, the noun actor referred to a male performer, while actress was used to describe a female. These days, it's become more common to use actor for players of any gender.

What is it called when an actor speaks his her role on stage without anyone else on stage? ›

soliloquy: a speech in which an actor, usually alone on stage, speaks the inner thoughts of his/her character aloud.

What are side actors called? ›

Background Actor: Background actors are also called extras or atmosphere actors.

Does Hollywood whitewash its movies? ›

Everyone from Angelina Jolie to Anthony Hopkins, Emma Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Scarlett Johansson have contributed to Hollywood's whitewashing problem. Click through the gallery to see the worst whitewashing cases of the 21st century so far.


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