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Morgan Freeman: Hollywood Is Doing Well For Young Black Actors. Lots Of Opportunities

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 23, 2012 12:28 PM
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Morgan Freeman

“I know at least three actors who left Britain for the States because opportunities for them here in the UK were limited... The British film industry definitely has more work to do on that front. It needs to catch up with the times; it has much more progress to make.... I think Hollywood is pulling it off quite well for young black actors. There’s a lot of opportunities over in the US.”

Words from Morgan Freeman, a man seemingly never afraid to speak his mind, talking to press during the UK premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.

Although I'm sure some will argue with Mr Freeman's last sentence - the Hollywood is "pulling it off quite well for young black actors," and that there are "a lot of opportunities" for young black actors in the USA.

Maybe more-so than in the UK, but, really, I could use his words regarding black actors in the UK and say pretty much the same thing about black actors in the USA: Hollywood itself has "more work to do on that front. It needs to catch up with the times; it has much more progress to make."

And then of course there are those who lament the fact that roles for African Americans characters sometimes go to Black British actors - the UK invasion as I've heard some refer to it as.

But really, there's plenty of work to be done here in the USA as well as in the UK, and other parts of the world where people of African decent aren't in the majority - whether in terms of population, or in positions of authority and power.

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  • Orville | August 2, 2012 1:13 AMReply

    Morgan Freeman although he's a black man seems to be following the old status quo. He seems more and more like an uncle Tom. Remember, this is the guy who starred in Driving Miss Daisy.

    Also, Morgan is old he's close to 70 or beyond I can't take his comments seriously he's also a part of the Hollywood elite. He's not a young black man and he doesn't know the struggles those young men go through. Hollywood doesn't want young black men to be leading men because it will challenge white male dominance.

  • Mark and Darla | July 23, 2012 11:20 PMReply

    Driving Miss Daisy Looking Ass.

  • yvette ganier | July 23, 2012 11:06 PMReply

    I can't. Really can't go there. We already know Morgan dances to the beat of...IDK, say...playin' himself? I would say something about age but I don't want to insult older folk like that. I must respect my elders and, just...hmm mmm, I just can't. He sits above and looks down and sees three Black Brits working in the US without even knowing that THAT is a problem for Black American actors? OK. I said I wasn't and, well, I'm going to stop her. SMH.

  • ALM | July 23, 2012 9:17 PMReply

    So Mr. Freeman is playing politics this morning to make Hollywood feel better. His comment is only true if you look at the careers of Idris Elba (a UK transplant) and Anthony Mackie. For the other dozens of famous Black actors and thousands of non-famous working Black actors, his statement is completely false. Mr. Freeman: You need more people!

    Side note: With all of his years in the business, why hasn't he created more opportunities for young actors of color (Black and of other ethnicities) by now?

  • slb | July 23, 2012 6:16 PMReply

    You can add this to the looooong list of reasons I can't stand Morgan Freeman

  • Donella | July 23, 2012 6:14 PMReply

    LOL @ Morgan Freeman again and again.

  • justsaying | July 23, 2012 5:39 PMReply

    Nope...not falling for this one. We all know Morgan is incorrect on this matter. No need to even share his thoughts with us. Next.

  • urbanauteur | July 23, 2012 4:24 PMReply

    Hollow words indeed from R.Kelly/age-3000

  • NO BRAINER | July 23, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    I have to agree with Tambay for once. Both countries have a lot more work to do.

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