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First Image Of Wendell Pierce & Emory Cohen In Upcoming Film Adaptation Of Play "Four"

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 29, 2011 5:31 AM
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I guess we could call this our "first look" at Wendell Pierce of The Wire fame, in an upcoming indie film titled, Four, an adaptation on an off-Broadway play by Christopher Shinn, directed by Joshua Sanchez, who also wrote the script based on the play.

We've been following the project since first hearing about it last year.

But if you're just joining us, here's a brief recap...

The film's script was both a 2007 Tribeca All Access award recipient, and a 2008 No Borders Independent Film Week selection.

So, what's Four about? Its synopsis below from the film's website:

On the 4th of July in Hartford, CT, June, a 16-year-old white boy, meets up with Joe, a closeted, married black man he met on the Internet. On the same night, in the same city, the black man's 16-year-old daughter Abigayle, agrees to go out with Dexter, a white 20-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, on the American night of Independence, these 2 couples get to know each other, moving from strangers to intimates. In lonely landscapes of movie theaters, fast food restaurants, darkened churches and public parks, they discover the limits of desire and the possibilities of transcendence. Four juxtaposes the relationships of the 2 couples struggling with their desires and demons.

Wendell Pierce stars as Joe; Relative newcomer Aja Naomi King is his daughter Abigayle; Emory Cohen as June, the teenage white boy; E.J. Bonilla plays Dexter; and Yolonda Ross plays Wendell's wife.

On the indieWIRE main page, you'll find a profile of the film, posted just a couple of hours ago. Read it HERE to learn more about director Sanchez's stylistic influences and more.

Look for the film in 2012. In fact, I won't be surprised if it makes it into the lineups of one of next year's early high profile festivals.

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34 Comments

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    Common ground feels good, Carey. Appreciated your sentiments and the whole range of our discussion. Catch you in the next round.

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 11:31 AMReply

    Yeah Jasmine, I knew we'd find some common ground.

    I didn't know that about Isiah Whitlock. I mean, of course I knew he was in the wire, but not the stage production of this movie. He just recently he flipped the script to play a part of one of the most likeable black men in the world, in the movie Cedar Rapids. That's Cedar Rapids Iowa, my home state.

    So yeah, the man can act.

    Yes, I saw Jefferey, Forrest and Charlize Theron’s do their thing, but not the Ewan McGregor movies. But I did see both of the Truman Capote movies... "Capote"and "Infamous" staring Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Toby Jones. I enjoyed them both.

    So Jasmine Fox, (still love that name) I think we've chopped this up to no return *lol*.Thanks for the conversation.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 10:39 AMReply

    Carey, I'm glad we can agree on some things! I loved Omar. I thought he was one of the most surprising and interesting characters on The Wire, although there were many. Did you know that Isiah Whitlock who appeared on The Wire was the actor who had the role of the older man in the NY production of Four? He's another great actor. Wonder why they didn't cast him in the film, although I can't wait to see Wendell Pierce. Re "gay-oriented films, " I mean films with some major gay content or characters. Forest Whitaker was great in The Crying Game, and Jeffrey Wright was great in Angels in America, to name two black actors who played gay to great acclaim. So, ex. of recent "gay-oriented films," there's I Love You, Phillip Morris and Beginners. I haven't seen either of them, though I plan to see Phillip Morris on dvd. Ewan McGregor seemed to have no qualms about doing those two films back to back. What about Monster, Charlize Theron's Oscar film? (based on a real-life character, as was the I Love You, Phillip Morris story) What if that had been a black character? I'm not saying it's not important to think about how blacks are being represented. It is. I just don't want to see stories with black characters who are problematic in their behaviors to be banned from cinema.

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 10:19 AMReply

    Ouuuweee Jasmine, you're working me today, and that's a good thang. I like that in you.

    So, re: to your post "To CareyCarey, who’s talking down to whom?"

    Well, since I am in agreement with much of what you said in that post (certainally not all), I'll move on to another of your recent inquiries. You asked, “CareyCarey, how did you like the character Omar in The Wire? Now Jasmine, if you are trying to - on a sly tip - see if I am repulsed by gay characters, the answer is absolutely not. And your question is two tiered.

    I loved The Wire and I had no problem with the character Omar and let me tell you why. First, I could relate to Omar in so many ways. I work with substance abuse patients, and the basic theme of The Wire was drug activity. Aside from Omar being gay, he was also a stick-up man/robber. Personally, I’ve done my time for bank robbery. So, in essence, Omar’s sexuality was not the central focus of the series, nor was it the central focus of who he was. That storyline was insignificant to a large degree.

    To you second point: “And are there any gay characters in recent films, or gay-oriented films, that you liked?”

    I answered the first part of that question and there are other gay characters in SEVERAL other films that get my blessings (to many to even mention). I can go way back (way back for some) to The Crying Game and then pick many many more in the 30 years until present. Now, you will have to break down what you mean by “gay-oriented films”.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 9:30 AMReply

    Carey, yes, we all know about subtexts and propaganda, thanks. Remember a few minutes ago how you thought this remark was so cool: Jasmine don’t come up in here acting like you’re teaching somebody about something. Well, looks like you win the teacher/preacher prize. Did you see my direct question to you:
    How did you like the character Omar in The Wire? And are there any gay characters in recent films, or gay-oriented films, that you liked? (Be careful! It might be a trap!)

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 9:13 AMReply

    Jasmine said: "JMac, if you want to be on the side of this homophobe, go right ahead"

    So now this is about me being a homophobe (whatever in the hell that means) and taking side? Jasmine, taking shots at me is doing nothing to advance your position. You're simply falling deeper in your quicksand.

    That reminds me, you wrote... "Serious films don’t have to be on a crusade, you know"

    I don't know how old you are nor how many movies you've watched, but would you agree that all movies have subtle and overt messages? Well, sure they do. They may not be classified as "propaganda", which by the way often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda. So Jasmine call it "crusades" or whatever, there is generally serious messages in serious dramatical releases. Thiose that do not believe that, are very naive and fresh bait to be duped, and led astray.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 9:11 AMReply

    CareyCarey, another thing...How did you like the character Omar in The Wire? And are there any gay characters in recent films, or gay-oriented films, that you liked?

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 9:06 AMReply

    To CareyCarey, who's talking down to whom? You guys do it without thinking but can't take it if someone points something out to you. Ex. from your post:
    "and speaking from a position that they know little about" You don't know anything about my experience so your assumption that I don't have enough to comment here is patronizing and condescending. In fact, ANY woman probably has some experience with the abuse of elders--if not from being a victim of it then from fighting it off. My point is that just because a filmmaker deals with something difficult and confronting, doesn't mean the subject shouldn't be broached, and if you leave blacks out of the equation, as characters, then you make the realm of possibility for our participation in drama, as characters and actors, very narrow. Talking about not being able to take the heat, you don't seem to want reality reflected back to you in movies, but some of the best movies and performances deal with ugly things. People seem to have nothing to say about the impact of violence in action and horror movies but the same people can't take reality in a drama (or sometimes a comedy--i.e. Tyler Perry).

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 8:46 AMReply

    "I actually think Jasmine makes some good points. What’s interesting to me is…I really DOUBT this post would have generated two comments, at best, if a girl (black or white) was the subject instead of a young guy. Something to think about"

    Good point Cynthia, and I agree. However, since this is a site that centers on black cinema, by default, a person's skin color (actor and character) becomes an issue for debate. Additionally, as JMac noted (and unfortunately, I've been taken to the shed for) a commenters "tone" fuels certain emotions and responses.

    Case in point: JMac said: "Jasmine don’t come up in here acting like you’re teaching somebody about something"

    Well, like Laura, Jmac and Darkan (he's shared parts of his life's story), I too have a connection with people that find themselves in abusive relationships. I work with them on a constant basis, so I too have a first hand view of the social implications, subtle messages and rewards (if any) of films of this nature.

    So, when a retort has a flavor of talking down to whomever, and speaking from a position that they know little about, there will be splash backs. And, they will not always be of the trite, nor pc, and sweet variety.

    S&A can be an Hell's Kitchen, as noted by the emotional responses on "The Help", and past responses on "Precious" and Tyler Perry's movies, which I believe is a good thing. Now, if a person cannot stand the heat, I would suggest they simply look and listen, before they make their move to soon.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 8:44 AMReply

    JMac, you are certainly entitled to your opinions. Go see whatever movie you want to see, but if you are expressing your opinion about what kind of films SHOULD be made, then I beg to disagree. I liked Precious and I'm glad it got made; it had interesting and under-represented characters and was thought-provoking. Serious films don't have to be on a crusade, you know. As for "teaching somebody about something" on this site, what was your own post doing about your legal experience, etc.? Re careycarey's little satire, yes, I saw it the first time, unfortunately. Are you auditioning here for comedy writing? If so, Chris Rock you are NOT. Cynthia is totally correct. You guys wouldn't have had a word to say about this project if the teen had been female. And careycarey's little comedy excerpt is more evidence of his hysteria around the subject of (gay) sex. JMac, if you want to be on the side of this homophobe, go right ahead.

  • JMac | July 30, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    This has gotten some good responses :) Jasmine don't come up in here acting like you're teaching somebody about something. On the last post about this movie I said the guy must have been watching too many To Catch A Predator shows. My saying he's being too original was in line with Darkan's comments - just want to shock somebody to get attention.

    Someone here said they're in social work, well I was on the other side: acting as attorney or guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children or representing the accused parents (not in the same case obviously). Luckily the only time I've had to deal with a convicted pedophile was for a hearing determining his child visitation rights for the 7 year old victim. Yeah, screwed up. I don't give a damn what the age of consent is in a state, adults with children [and yes to me 16 is a child] is not something I'm going to watch. I don't need to watch it. It's just that simple. Prior to this line of work, I could watch Lolita and enjoy it. Can't do it now.

    There's already people down here in the trenches and a movie is not going to change a damn thing. Yes awareness is good, but what do people do afterwards? Most go back to their lives while a very, very, very slim percentage might take action. Precious came out two years ago - I haven't noticed one thing different from then to today. No swell in CASAs. No surge in social workers or students interested in social work. No increase in volunteers at schools and shelters.

    You go watch this and believe whatever you want. That's fine. But don't act like a child and call people names up in here if they don't agree with you... let's change that to when they don't agree with your ass.

  • darkan | July 30, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    When you read the review of the stage play synopsis you can only imagine what the film is gonna be like. What is ironic is that it seems originally the drug dealer was originally a high school basketball player.

    "
    In the parking lot of an abandoned department store, June (Keith Nobbs), a painfully shy white gay suburban 16-year-old, reconnoiters with Joe (Isaiah Whitlock, Jr.), an expansive black 40-ish married English teacher whom he met online. Joe is a nightmare of inappropriate behavior -- he asks what writers June admires and then trashes his opinions, takes him to the movies where he loudly asks personal questions and makes a call on his cel phone, and eats nonstop. June cringes, dodges Joe’s touch, looks like he’s about to bolt any second, and yet remains tethered to this stranger by the handcuffs of a desire he can’t name but only fumblingly reveal.
    Meanwhile, Joe’s daughter Abigayle (Pascale Armand), who’s probably June’s age, tends her offstage sick mother while doing an elaborate dance of approach and avoidance with schoolmate Dexter (Armando Riesco), who’s every inch the stereotype of a jive-talking, basketball-playing homeboy except that he’s a red-haired white kid. She’s way too smart for him, challenges his idiotic banter at every turn, and smolders with hostility in his presence. Yet, like June, she is starving for sexual contact and is willing to mine acres of masculine obtuseness for an ounce of tenderness."

    Film like this just remind me how twisted the movie "Shadowboxer" was. Watching Cuba Gooding have sex with Helen Mirren in a hole he has dug to bury her in then shooting her in the head was not ideal filmmaking to me. As I said before films like these are all about the shock factor. Bull!

  • Cynthia | July 30, 2011 6:38 AMReply

    I actually think Jasmine makes some good points. What's interesting to me is...I really DOUBT this post would have generated two comments, at best, if a girl (black or white) was the subject instead of a young guy. Something to think about.

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    @ Jasmine Fox (nice name)

    I am not going to deny or object to your characterization of me, because much of it may be true. However, that does not make my comments less valid than yours, my dear friend.

    Having said that, let's take another look at my "rant"... if you missed it.

    A few days ago when this topic opened, I wrote:

    Oh lord, y’all will have to excuse me and no disrespect to Yolonda and Wndall, but damn, a 40ish (married)black man hooks up with a teenage white boy, while his daughter, a 16 year old black girl, sneaks and creeps with a 20 year old, drug selling white boy, directed by Joshua Sanchez, a gay dude.

    Okay, let me say this…. “You don’t have to hug me like you love me, but give me a fu*kin’ break! “

    Well well well, let the chorus sing “look at how dem white folks make us look in them “mammie maid” roles like The Help”. But oh boy, there’s a train a comin’ and a movie, and get yo tickets on the Fked Up Line. Heck, who cares that the black character is a gay pedophile - huh? Shiiiiiit, who should give a fat fu*k about a black teenage girl hanging out with a grown-ass white man (it's legal in some states), who sells drug - huh? But those damn mammy roles get on our damn nerves - huh? And Jasmine says "these roles tend to create more interesting characters for actors to play and for audiences to appreciate.

    Oh, my bad, it’s only sex, it’s only politics, it’s only a movie - huh? More interesting?

    Miss me with that BULLSH*T.

    But hey, there is one saving grace. I can see Yolonda’s great lines…

    Joe: Hey baby, there’s something I have to tell you.

    His wife: What’s that honey, you’ve had a bad day?

    Joe: No, not exactly, I like peter.

    Wife: Peter, your new boss?

    Joe: Huh, no, dick.

    Wife: I didn’t know you boss was name Dick?

    Joe: Huh, no baby, I like to grope little white boy’s nut sacks.

    *** The wife reaches for her pistol ***

    Wife: Have you lost your fking mind? Are you telling me that your lips, that’s been kissing my lips, have been french kissing a little white boys knob? “Help me lord because I am about to kill me a nasty low down m’er fker”. You bitchass son of a bit*h, you better start runnin’ cuz I am about to lay yo ass out!

    *** BAM BAM BAM ***

    ** The daughter is awaken by the gunshots**

    Abigayle: Mom, what’s going on down there?!!!

    Wife: Bring yo ass down here… right now! I heard some shit about you too.

    ***BAM BAM BAM… the wife shoots her husband 3 more times and gets ready for her encounter with her daughter ***

    Wife: Biiiitch, what’s this I heard about you?!!!

    So Jasmin, I see your point, but I do not agree with your viewpoint/opinion. I mean, is that alright with you?

  • Laura | July 30, 2011 3:33 AMReply

    Jasmine

    First of all there are 50 states in the Union. I live in the one in which 16 is not the legal age of consent.

    Where in any of my statements did I make an argument about censorship or political correctness avoidance of life complexities. Please quote me on this. Please quote me. Where did I state that the role is not complex. Where did I say that Black actors should or could not take certain roles. Please find that quote in my writing.

    You are reading something into my comment that I have not written. My thesis is that societal taboos and pathologies are projected on the Black Body. That's it.

    That is something that has been going in Western Culture for hundreds of years and will not stop because you and I watch and enjoy certain films. It will keep on going as long as Western Civilization exist --most likely long past our time.

    I will always point it out no matter how good the artwork is. Because great works of art have been created with such tropes. Art work that I enjoy. Anyone for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Magic Flute". Love that opera. Analyze the libretto and score. How about Shakespeare's "Othello". Masterpiece.

    I still enjoy the work. But there are certain works of art I am not going to enjoy or seek out when I suspect those tropes are there.

    I have no guilt about enjoying some of those works nor not wanting to support the works.

    Also, I don't subscribe to the sociological justification of any art/cultural work that employs those racialist tropes. Basically, the commandments that implies that one must like or dislike a cultural product because such and such problem does or does not exist in the Black Community.

    Strong narratives film deals with the human condition and all its glory and warts. And these works can encompass the above mentioned racial ideas and tropes.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 3:32 AMReply

    To Laura, Yes, I agree that "societal taboos and pathologies are projected onto" the black body, but they are also projected onto women, gays, and white women and gays and other minorities as well. MY thesis is that films should deal with all these issues, taboo subjects and pathologies, not avoid them. I don't want to see purely escapist action/adventure films. The kinds of problems you deal with as a social worker are the kinds of problems I want to see dealt with in films. And these problems, in terms of drama, tend to create more interesting characters for actors to play and for audiences to appreciate. As for careycarey, I don't put you in the same category of response here. His rants are simply reactionary, and what he's reacting to is obviously the homosexual aspect of this film; yes, careycarey, your hysteria is transparent.

  • darkan | July 30, 2011 3:17 AMReply

    @Carey. Well put!

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 3:07 AMReply

    addendum to my comment (explaination):

    Laura's "experinece" = works in the field.

    Supporters of this film "experience" might = gay

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    "If you know the play, which is by now a classic, it’s not just about a white boy coming out. It’s as much about a black father and husband struggling with his identity, and reconciling that with his relationship with his daughter. The part being played by Wendell Pierce is one of the great roles to emerge in recent years for black actors. But of course homophobes will react against anything that deals in a real and complex way with homosexuality (and we know why)"

    Well well well, a classic?! Greatest role to emerge?!!! and homophobes!? Please, spare me! Classic what, and who said that?

    Now, I can start right there or end there, but I've already said what I think of this gutter bowl and gutter roles, when it was first posted here at S & A.

    So now I am just going to standup and give a rousing applause for Laura and JMac and rob g. Laura killed this in so many ways. And what I particularly like and appreciate about her comment (beside the fact that they were very concise and very well written) is that she is talking from a position of experience. I felt the passion and truth in her words.

    On the other hand, I wonder if those who are supporting this movie are ALSO coming from a position of “experience”, yet disguising their motivations by arguing “it’s great and classic art”. I immediately came to that conclusion when I saw the word “Homophobes” thrown on the floor, being used as some form of Kryptonite to weaken the opinions of the evil heterosexual crowd.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 30, 2011 2:03 AMReply

    Note to Laura. There are over 30 states where consensual sex is legal at the age of 16. Re entertainment changing people's deep seated behavior, though, regarding AIDS, I agree with you and respect your knowledge from the field. But since entertainment is not going to change anyone, then why censor stories that try to talk about some of the issues and complex characters that concern us. If you are a social worker, you know that things are not black and white and people aren't either. So let's not try to gloss over reality with pc avoidance of life's complexities by saying what films can or cannot tackle. As for Bobby Ray's comments, I agree. Why should white actors walk off with the Oscars for playing all the complex characters while black actors get to be stereotypes? White actors are not afraid to play gay. They get awards for it. We're talking about a film that has complex roles for black actors. Granted, none of us have actually seen this film, but I have read the play and seen people do scenes from it in class, and it is, in my opinion, an exciting prospect for a movie, especially with the brilliant (and unlikely) casting of Wendell Pierce.

  • Laura | July 30, 2011 1:14 AMReply

    I meant to say in the last paragraph

    I stand my thesis, not I stand by my statement.

  • Laura | July 30, 2011 1:10 AMReply

    @ Jasmine Fox

    In the state I'm from 16 y.o. and an adult is illegal.

    Don't confuse entertainment/cultural products with real life situations. I will tell you that anytime that I see a girl under 16 pregnant, dollar to donuts the father is an adult. Many of those girls suffer from deep "daddy hunger".

    I work in social service. I deal with dysfunctional families all day, every day. I will tell you that the population I work with have no problems talking about sex. Yet Aids is still being transmitted.

    There are forums for the "Black community" to talk about Aids and sexuality such as including progressive churches, CBO (Community Base Organizations) and the like. It's definitely not nearly enough. It's a drop in the bucket in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The problems that our communities encumber are complexed, insidious, nuanced and multigenerational.

    You can make a thousand films showcasing Black folks about sex and sexuality. I can tell you it will not impact any sexual issues in the "Black Community". You have to roll up them damn sleeves and get to work. And the work is ugly, taxing, and can be soul crushing.

    Now back to entertainment.
    I stand by my statement. Mainstream cultural products (film, plays, novels, etc. ) project social taboos and pathologies on the Black Body.

    As I said, I ain't mad at Wendell Pierce for taking the role.

  • Bobby Ray, Jr. | July 30, 2011 1:08 AMReply

    I gotta role with Jasmine Fox on this one, no matter how much we try not to admit it, stuff like this happens in real life. I actually can't wait to see Pierce in this role, it's going to be a complex thing to portray. Did anyone see Nicole Kidman in Birth? Or Kate Winslet in The Reader? Meryl Streep in Doubt? Come'on people OPEN your eyes. We complain about blacks not being in good movies or getting the good roles, but then now that Pierce has a deep role, we bash him for "showing blacks in a bad way." Sometimes you have to look deeper that skin tone. In the previous 3 movies that involved similar types of inappropriate behavior, all that mattered was people got recognition and accolades for the great character performances they displayed, but not ONE did you hear of backlash, because Nicole Kidman was involved with a film where she slept with a kid. It's about the story, and how it makes people feel. Stuff like this goes on everyday, that's why these stories must be told. I'm beginning to see that a lot of people simply come on this site to bash Hollywood for not supporting blacks, and when blacks do get "something" of worth, you complain about that. There's a reason you can't see many films like this through the Studio system, the suits are after $$$, that's the nature of the business now.

  • darkan | July 29, 2011 12:12 PMReply

    It kills me how people feel that the more twisted, debased and unbelievable the plot of a film is the more brave and original it is and will be received in the eyes of the audience. Films like these are made to shock audiences into conversation... That's all. But the premise is all too convenient. The writer/directors are looking for attention to stand out and be controversial, not reveal truths. It's their way of living out the fantasies and perceptions in their minds. I would love to know who in this country actually knows of a true story like this. Is this story that common. Doesn't exist, it's fiction so how can people truly relate? Sad that the shocking is what moves people nowadays into thinking that stories like these are "original" or based on some sort of hidden non fiction experience. God Help us!

  • Jasmine Fox | July 29, 2011 11:20 AMReply

    Laura, First, I don't think "pedophile" applies to teens who are 16. It's actually legal in many states. But I don't want to get semantic. It's fine to have issues, but it's not okay to ignore them because of cultural sensitivities. When you do, you wind up with problems like AIDS taking over the communities that are in denial.
    If black communities could talk about sex more openly, you wouldn't have black females being the fastest growing demographic with new AIDS infections! Where are the black churches on this? In the land of denial, unfortunately. So to say, don't bring this story into the black community is to encourage the status quo. Issues you don't like NEED to be developed as stories that people can consider. What if this were not a white teen? Could you deal with it if it were a black FEMALE teen? Most teen pregnancies, by the way, are caused by men much older. Hats off to PRECIOUS for dealing seriously with some tough real-life content and a heroine who otherwise remains invisible to the media. And for providing some more great roles for black actors!!!

  • jasmine Fox | July 29, 2011 11:08 AMReply

    JMac, it's not about "endorsements." It's about looking at real situations with some complexity. You may not be ready for films to do this. You think that scenario of teens with older adults doesn't happen? Or you just want to pretend it doesn't? And bury your head in the sand. I doubt you would have a problem with this if the 16 year old were female. Admit it. It's not the age thing that bothers you--which is legal, by the way, for 16 year olds in a lot of states. It's the same sex thing. It makes you crazy. You're ready to sign your "ass" away to homophobic hysteria. How fitting that you used "ass" twice in your comment.

  • Laura | July 29, 2011 11:07 AMReply

    I do have an issue of a film with a (Black) man as a pedophile. Maybe because I am Black and have children.

    I remember a commenter from S & A stated that American audience was not ready for "Old Boy" (the film Spike Lee was hired to film.) She stated that the subject was incest would be hard to broach.

    Americans had no problems when it was in the film "Precious".

    I am saying that when it comes to anything that American find that is considered debase, degenerate and all that jazz. American cultural makers and producer do not mind putting a Black face on it.

    But I ain't mad at Wendell Pierce for taking the role.

  • JMac | July 29, 2011 10:27 AMReply

    If not endorsing a film with a grown ass man hooking up with a 16 year old child is being homophobic [anti-gay is a more appropriate term] then sign my ass up... along with every child welfare agency in every country in the world. Again, it's not the overall subject matter, it's how you execute it. Somebody's trying too hard to be original.

    Another perspective, is this story suggesting that white america is responsible for corrupting blacks - black dad with white gay boy, black daughter with older white drug dealer? That at least is different and a much more interesting concept to play around with.

  • Jasmine Fox | July 29, 2011 10:07 AMReply

    If you know the play, which is by now a classic, it's not just about a white boy coming out. It's as much about a black father and husband struggling with his identity, and reconciling that with his relationship with his daughter. The part being played by Wendell Pierce is one of the great roles to emerge in recent years for black actors. But of course homophobes will react against anything that deals in a real and complex way with homosexuality (and we know why). I'm glad SOMEBODY out there is willing to give us work that is complex, realistic, and probing. This is not Hollywood, folks. Are you kidding? Who in Hollywood would support an indie film like this? You guys go ahead and "take a pass" and find the dumbed-down entertainment that will make you happy. This is not for you.

  • k. | July 29, 2011 7:56 AMReply

    Kudos to black actors out there who take on roles that enhance their talent and who could care less about stereotypes.

  • darkan | July 29, 2011 7:34 AMReply

    @ JMac, yes, agreed. Double pass for me.

  • rob g | July 29, 2011 6:40 AMReply

    Are Black people really necessary in this? Couldn't the young white boy "find his true gay self" without getting us involved (and probably killed or horribly injured). Next time you need dark element for the white boy to play against, and for the audience to hav.e sympathy for, think about blackface makeup on some white actors. That would be less offensive to me than seeing actual Black actors being abused by Hollywood in this way.

  • Tamara | July 29, 2011 6:07 AMReply

    Interesting.

  • JMac | July 29, 2011 5:50 AMReply

    Oh, this movie. Pass.

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