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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)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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