Hol­ly­wood di­ver­sity Weaver wants parts for all faces, all races

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM -

While putting the world to rights, Sigour­ney Weaver also in­sists that the movie in­dus­try should bet­ter rep­re­sent mi­nori­ties.

“When you see a story,” she says, “the story’s di­ver­sity should re­flect the di­ver­sity of the com­mu­nity. So in Amer­ica, ev­ery­one should be in ev­ery story. I don’t think it’s the di­rec­tors, I don’t think it’s the in­sti­tu­tions, I think it’s just habit, and it’s a habit that has tochange.

“Like, my as­sis­tant is Chi­nese, and she’s also an actress who goes to a lot of open cast­ings, but they al­ways wait for a Chi­nese char­ac­ter to come up be­fore they cast her. She’s lovely, she’s smart, she went to Berke­ley, she can play any­thing. But that’s still where we’re at in some ar­eas of the busi­ness.”

The land­scape is be­gin­ning to change, most no­tably with the re­cent

An­nie, which stars Qu­ven­zhané Wal­lis (left).

“If only it had made more money,” says Weaver. “I hope they don’t blame it on the cast­ing. I do think if we in­sist on it, change will hap­pen. But it’s tak­ing a ter­ri­bly long time.”

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