There’s whitewashing in Hollywood, after which there’s this — a studio exec thought it might be a good suggestion for Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman … based on the author of the NEW movie, “Harriet.”
Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard says the ridiculous scene went down greater than 25 years in the past in a pitch assembly in regards to the Tubman mission. Howard says the exec informed the room … “This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.”
Roberts was extensively thought of America’s Sweetheart on the time after starring in a string of hits like “Steel Magnolias,” “Pretty Woman” and “The Pelican Brief.”
Howard says when somebody identified to the studio exec that Tubman was black and Roberts shouldn’t play the position, he replied … “It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.”
Thankfully, the Hollywood honcho didn’t get his manner, and flash ahead to 2019 … Howard’s film in regards to the legendary abolitionist who led a whole bunch of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad is lastly in theaters.
Of course, the casting of black British actress Cynthia Erivo was additionally criticized … as a result of she’s not African-American. Can’t please everyone.
BTW — Howard’s greatest identified for one more hit film referring to race relations in America … “Remember the Titans.”