BUT THEIR EYES
“WHY ARE WE HERE”
“WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS”
“SO MUCH LIGHT - WHY”
“OH FUCK WHAT THE HELL IS THAT”
how the fuck do you even get owls thats what i want to know
“WE HEARD YOU HAD TOOTSIE ROLL POPS.”
The strongest ‘pound for pound’ muscle is the uterus: it weighs around 2 pounds but during childbirth can exert a downward force of 400 Newtons, which is one hundred times as strong as gravity and equivalent to the power in a fully extended modern longbow.
I need masculism because I am afraid.
you should be
Casting appreciation gif.
This seriously pisses me off because TWO men of the “correct” ethnicity/race were asked to play the role of Khan. I don’t remember their names because this back when Into Darkness was in casting yo but they BOTH DECLINED.
So there’s a HUGE difference between “well, we asked the best in the business and they both said no, so we should go with another actor of the ‘incorrect’ race who is also very well suited for the role” and doing what the Hunger Games did which is literally only let white girls audition for Katniss.
When actors decline there is fuckall you can do. It’s shitty, no doubt, that Khan ended up being white, but BC did a great job in the role, while knowing he was third choice. I won’t begrudge him for taking it, and I won’t begrudge the casting crew for going with him after their best actors declined.
wow that’s the most half-assed excuse I’ve heard yet of why they settled with a white dude playing khan
TWO ACTORS DECLINED
THAT IS NOT A FUCKING EXCUSE TO GIVE UP AND GO AHEAD AND WHITEWASH A ROLE
I don’t know who the other unnamed actor would have been, but the only other actor I know of that was ever in serious talks for the role was Benicio Del Torro, who reportedly backed out over contract issues.
Benicio del Toro is not desi. While his background is closer to that of original Khan actor, Ricardo Monteblan, that doesn’t mean that even if he HAD continued with the role it wouldn’t have been a problematic. Monteblan was originally cast when Khan wasn’t even called Khan, but was scripted as a white stoic Viking type, and they rewrote the character based on that casting. While parts were very limited for all POC at the time, that doesn’t mean that it’s cool to perpetuate that exclusion of desi actors almost forty years later.
And it also doesn’t mean that if your ~only choice~ (lolwat) is to use a white dude you just say WELP THAT’S THAT instead of starting things off with minor adjustments to the script so that he’s, as one example, one of the 72 other supermen on ice and not Khan specifically.
If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.
Unknown (formerly att. Johann Zoffany)
Dido Elizabeth Belle
oil on canvas
Scone Palace, Perth (private collection of the Earl of Mansfield)
Although this painting falls outside the usual scope of this blog, it is one of my favorite historical European paintings. Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and enslaved African woman named Belle.
This painting was most likely commissioned by her father, the nephew of the Earl of Mansfield, and depicts the beautiful and vivacious Belle alongside her cousin, Elizabeth Murray.
The first time I saw this painting was in an art history classroom, accompanied by a story regarding the dehumanization of Africans in the Unites States, and the scores of visiting Americans who were scandalized by this painting. In America and several places in Europe, contemporaneous paintings always depicted people considered Black in subservient positions in relation to people considered White, if they bothered to paint them at all. To raise a bastard daughter of color alongside legitimate heirs was antithetical to American thought.
Dido Belle was raised and educated alongside the other highborn daughters of the household, and remained a favorite of the Earl and her father well into her thirties, after which an advantageous marriage was arranged.
Her position in the Earl’s household supervising the poultry yards was typical for any lady of high birth at the time, but her job overseeing the lord’s correspondence was usually a task reserved for a highly educated male clerk or scribe and is evidence of her importance and elevated rank. She received an allowance of £30 per year, more than any except the heiress herself and a sum unheard of at the time for any illegitimate daughter.
Upon Lord Mansfield’s death in 1788, Belle was furnished with a £500 lump sum in addition to a £100 annuity, as well as a suitable marriage to John Davinier, with whom she had three children. In Mansfield’s will, her status as a free person was carefully confirmed, since many would have been all too happy to divest her of her fortune.
Belle died in 1804 and was interred in St. George’s Fields, the parish to which she and her husband belonged.
My interest in this story was renewed recently when I learned that an upcoming film, Belle (currently in production), will be a dramatized biopic of Dido Elizabeth Belle’s life. The titular role will be played by South African actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
writers, if anyone tries to tell you that your craft isnt as great as art i want you to punch them in the face because writing is amazing
EREN’S HAD ENOUGH OF YAW SHET.