Woody Allen On Accusations That He Won’t Hire Black Actors

August 1, 2014 | By TheSpreadit More
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New Woody Allen accusations? Filmmaker on racial bias claims.

Woody Allen faces accusations of being racially biased and he responds. In a lengthy piece, appeared on the New York Daily News, Woody Allen was hit with accusations that he will not hire African Americans, for his projects. Woody Allen, who selected only Caucasian stars for his new play which is set in Harlem, responded to the accusations by saying he does not care about color, he only focuses on who is right for the part.

Woody Allen, responds to accusations that he won’t work with black actors, by saying he does not have much black friends but he does not many white friends either.

An article published in the New York Daily News, is bashing Allen for apparently turning down several big African American actors from his new play “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is set in the predominantly African American neighborhood of Harlem.

Woody Allen whose real name is Allan Stewart Konigsberg, sat down with the New York Observer, where he revealed that he loves Viola Davis and had dinner in Rome, Italy with Chris Rock, but he is not going to cast them in one of his movies just because they are black or his acquaintances.

The controversial director and screenwriter, explained that race does not matter to him, he hires actors because they fit the role. The controversial filmmaker said:

“Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”

The author of “Play It Again, Sam,” went on to add that while he is “friendly” with Spike Lee, he does not hang out with him, but then again he does not hang out with his white friends neither.

In the post published by the NYDN, it was revealed that Allen specifically asked his staff not to cast any blacks in the play and had no interest in working with homosexuals either.


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