If you’ve been wronged, do you fight to make it right? Most actors feel that they have been wronged when they don’t receive the role they desired. Can you fight for it? Yes, of course you can fight for that role with all your might – with great work and passion- they say Kate Winslet moved mountains to get her role in Titanic. “No” does not have to be a final answer. To tell the truth, I believe that the actor receives the role that belongs to him/her, there is this serendipitous realm in the world in which actors live.
But, being raised by an activist I have implanted in me the commitment to always fight for one’s rights, what is just, and honest. It does not matter if you win or lose—it is the way you play the game. Recently I was horrified when I heard an adviser to actors say: that two blond, blue-eyed actresses would be cast as a citizen of Milwaukee. Then he pointed to two black actresses and said: that they would not be cast as citizens from Milwaukee. As of 2013, there were 66.6% of white Americans in Milwaukee and 38.3% of African American citizens in Milwaukee. So it is very possible that African American actors could be cast as a person from Milwaukee!! This guy who counsels actors was not playing fair–in fact he may have been playing a racist game–or simply he was ill informed. There are African American citizens living in Milwaukee.
Okay, I get it—it is an amusement park world where show business exists. But come on, play the game with honesty, justice and equality.