Hollywood is a cultural mix. Actors from all corners of the world are part of this multi-billion dollar business since the time the film industry got on its feet. Be it Africans, Hispanics, Asians, Indians; you name a race and they are all there! African-American actors particularly have had a dominant role to play in the growth of Hollywood’s showbiz and their numbers are only increasing. Special roles are written for actors of African descent in movies and needless to say, they have wowed generations of audiences all over the world.
But did y’all know that there are certain Black actors in the industry that were cast in roles written purely for white characters initially? And the Black actors played their roles so convincingly that it did not matter what race the character belonged to in the end. With that, we bring you a list of ten castings where Black actors portrayed roles originally meant for white characters.
10. Halle Berry as Catwoman
Listed among one of the worst films ever made, Pitof’s ‘Catwoman’ received as many as seven Razzie nominations, going on to win four out of those. Depicted as Batman’s love interest and the anti-heroine in comic books, the masked vigilante is a tall, fair-skinned blonde, who goes crime-fighting alongside the caped crusader. But for Pitof’s standalone film on the superheroine, which he had said was not really an adaptation of the comics; he roped in Black actress Halle Berry to star in it as the leading lady, which like the critics, did not go down well with commoners as well. Not only did Halle Berry’s ‘Catwoman’ become one of the greatest mistakes of her career, it almost packed it up for her too!