Quoted: The Worst Justification Ever For Not Casting People Of Color

From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, ‘Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.’ Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, ‘Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?’ That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.

— Ari Handel, screenwriter for “Noah,” as told to The High Calling

  • Orli

    But Noah was not Jewish (from the tribe of Judah), nor was he Hebrew or Israelite. So no, it is not enough that Jennifer Connelly has a Jewish mother. Noah, in the story, is father of Mankind through his sons. It is all just an excuse to keep employing the same sets of actors. Naveen Andrews or Daniel Dae Kim would make great Noah’s (not Russell Crowe, but the point of this movie, I’m sure, was to sell Russell Crowe, despite what they might say). Hollywood PR would have us believe that none of these people can act. Hey Sophie Okonedo could play his wife. Her mother is Jewish too, by the way.

  • Synnovie

    Except this was not how Old Testament Jews looked. At all. They don’t look like North Europeans with palepale skin.

  • aboynamedart

    Right? It made 300 look progressive by comparison.

  • tikimonster

    this is like a bizarro and uncool version of the justifcations for a black Norse god in Thor. In that case it being a particular ethnicity of gods being represented by a more representative universality of people whereas this is a case of a universal god / mythology being represented by a particular ethnicity.