“I couldn’t get served at that restaurant,” Taraji P. Henson said.
Black movie star Taraji P. Henson lost out on a role in “St. Vincent” regardless the fact that the script of the movie was written for her personally.
The African-American actress, who began her Hollywood career in guest roles on various television shows prior to her breakthrough in 2001 movie “Baby Boy,” stated in her memoir “Around the Way Girl,” that she lost her role to Naomi Watts, though Theodore Melfi had created the part for nobody else but her.
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“It was a meaty gig. I would have loved it,” Henson wrote. “Alas, I couldn’t get served at that particular restaurant.”
The Golden Globe Award winner said that she is used to not getting movie roles because of bias but this case just left a bad taste, as she believed the role fit her perfectly.
“Time and again, I’ve lost roles because someone with the ability to green-light a film couldn’t see black women beyond a very limited purview he or she thought ‘fit’ audience expectations,” she said.
Taraji P. Henson Says She Lost ‘St. Vincent’ Role to Naomi Watts Because of Racism https://t.co/5GgzaMmeZY
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The southeast Washington D.C. born actress won a Critics’ Choice Awards and a Golden Globe Award in 2015 for her amazing performance in Fox drama series “Empire.” The talented Black woman has also starred in several U.S. movies and television series.
Henson was named in Time’s 2016 edition one of the 100 most influential people in the world; she’s also set to star in new movie “Hidden Figures,” a NASA space drama which is based on the stories of three brilliant African-American women who made their contribution in getting John Glenn into space in 1960.
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Henson is a very talented Black actress and we believe the movie could be ruined, even before shooting has begun. It’s strange that the producers of the film don’t seem to understand that the main differences between two actresses rest not on their skin color but on their characters and the manner of acting. Thus the role of one may be completely unfit for the other. Racial discrimination in Hollywood is worsened by the fact that white producers are eager to lose money and ratings just to inflate their supremacist egos.
Source: The Grio