AfriGeneas at the Movies
White Dudes Playing Black Dudes
In Response To: “Tropic Thunder” ()
A Brief History of White Dudes Playing Black Dudes in Movies
When you think about it, it’s actually surprising how much press Robert Downey Jr. is getting for his role as a black man in the new film Tropic Thunder. After all, white dudes have been playing black dudes in movies since the dawn of Hollywood. Here’s a brief look at some of the more fascinating instances of white dudes playing blacks.
Al Jolson - The Jazz Singer (1927)
Laurence Olivier - Othello (1965)
C. Thomas Howell - Soul Man (1986)