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miss maggie ([personal profile] bossymarmalade) wrote2010-01-11 23:14
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starring fyvush finkel as krusty the clown

So handyhunter did this thing where she recast a bunch of Marvel characters with actors of colour, and [be warned, it's image-heavy!] wow, did I ever like that idea.

EDIT: Now that this post is being linked places (hi there!), I'd like to add a little background and context.

The point of this meme is NOT to insinuate that white characters are the only interesting or important ones. It it NOT to mean that diversity in media is as simple as "browning it up" a little. It is NOT to devalue the chromatic characters who already exist and are awesome.

What this meme is for is to disturb the idea that white actors can and should play not only canonically white characters, but also canonically chromatic characters. It is to offer imagination fodder that also issues a challenge: movies already want us to re-imagine chromatic stories as white ones, so why shouldn't we re-imagine white stories as chromatic ones? It is, not least of all, to have some fun imagining people who look like us in these iconic roles.

[personal profile] crossedwires -- who started the meme -- and a number of the participants have been involved in a sprawling and ongoing discussion regarding whitewashing of characters and representation in media, so this is hardly an exercise in thoughtless "colourblind casting". Frivolous, maybe, but goddamn, can't anti-oppression work be pleasurable *sometimes*?

That said -- on to the casting!


er. ken watanabe and andre braugher as bffs-turned-enemies? yes please.


i didn't want to put salma wearing mexican clothes as her headshot for "alien queen", but y'all, it's super-hard finding a photo of salma that's not all tits ahoy.

  
aamir khan is kind of older than i wanted to cast, but shit, him and indira varma would be so hot, PLUS


-- kal penn could be his younger brother, and how awesome is that?


especially if grace park is his mega-powerful and smart girlfriend?

  
and they had zany adventures with america ferrera the wolf-girl and multiple john chos?


plus one speedy tadanobu asano?


i kind of love the idea of the rock as keisha castle-hughes' dad so much.


every time i watch ugly betty and see vanessa williams i'm like "THIS IS WHAT EMMA IS SUPPOSED TO BE."


if morena baccarin and chiwetel ejiofor were them. how much would i read this comic? i would read the shit out of this comic.


UM AHAHAHAHAH YES O KANYE


except i would want hank to never turn blue and furry and just remain jason momoa au natural.


stephen fung would kick so much ass at this.


rosario dawson would play aged-up illyana, of course, so adam beach could safely be her older brother. even i would like colossus this way.


whip-quick fuzzy blue elf, nicholas tse-style.


omg, jill scott would make the coolest psylocke before the whole silly swapped-for-a-ninja-body thing EVER.


remy always seemed slightly ridiculous for all his charm, and ditto diego luna; aishwarya is not my favourite, but she could handle rogue's scrappiness and her hamminess both.

Only the X-folks, though!


SO MUCH FUN. Everybody should do this! Or at least tell me who I should have cast as Wolverine!
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2010-01-12 08:09 (UTC)(link)
Indira Varma is the best choice for Phoenix ever, even though I wouldn't want to see her character die yet again. It's so right that this casting is obviously leaking through from another universe where it actually happened. I would not have thought of Jill Scott for Psylocke, but she absolutely has the classy-but-deadly attitude to carry it off. I am also deeply impressed that you found a pic for Quicksilver that is actually mimicking a cover of the Quicksilver mini.

What I find really funny about this is that most of your choices are about 10 years older than [livejournal.com profile] handyhunter's - and (showing my age) I know who all of your choices are, but I didn't know all hers!
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[personal profile] crossedwires 2010-01-12 09:33 (UTC)(link)
To be fair, I don't know all the ones in mine either! :D Thought process goes as such: What Chinese actor do I know who could play Wolverine? ... ... Google to the rescue! Heh.
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[personal profile] trumpeterofdoom 2010-01-12 08:15 (UTC)(link)
djfa;lsdjf;lajf;kfs I KINDA LOVE ALL YOUR CHOICES, HAI.

Though, Andy Lau as Tony Stark brings so much shits and giggles with it, I think it might actually work.

Also I kinda want Zoe Saldana as Jean Gray and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Cyclops because OMG YES YES YES.

I'm very, very tempted to cast Hokuto Konishi as Wolverine just based on body type (5'4", very nimble, very strong upper body), but he's just way too nice to be carrying any kind of baggage Logan has. Although his ethnicity and proficiency in judo would mean that the whole samurai thing will SUDDENLY MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE.

Question for you: Who would you cast as Jubilee?
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[personal profile] bunners 2010-01-12 10:56 (UTC)(link)
oh my god, Jubilee. &Jubilee; for real. I'd think that Nan Zhang could maybe pull her off? Observe:




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[personal profile] liviapenn 2010-01-12 08:20 (UTC)(link)

Ooh, ooh. Maybe I am just saying this because he is on my current show that I am crushing on, but I think Jon Huertas would be a good Wolverine-- I can totally see him doing the grim, growly thing and the cocky sexy bad boy thing and then also the SECRETLY A BIG SOFTIE WHO GIVES GOOD HUGS thing too. *G*
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[personal profile] chrismm 2010-01-12 09:18 (UTC)(link)
Oooh. What I wouldn't give to see Jon Huertas play Wolverine. Wow.
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[personal profile] duraflame 2010-01-12 08:24 (UTC)(link)
BEST POST EVER

EVERYONE ELSE STOP POSTING YOU WILL NEVER MAKE ONE AS GOOD AS THIS
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[personal profile] crossedwires 2010-01-12 08:29 (UTC)(link)
ANDRE BRAUGHER AS XAVIER IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!! (I have recently started watching HLotS!)
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[personal profile] crossedwires 2010-01-12 08:31 (UTC)(link)
Also, Jason Momoa would make a fantastic Deputy Mayor Wylie from "Ex Machina", which is not Marvel, but anyway.

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[personal profile] marina 2010-01-12 08:36 (UTC)(link)
Indira Varma is PERFECT for that role and possibly casting her would even make me not want Jean Gray to DIAF which would be truly amazing.
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[personal profile] sinensis 2010-01-12 08:43 (UTC)(link)
your casting for Magneto and Xavier is BRILLIANT--I want that version right now. I love the other choices, too - Jason Momoa, yes - although I don't know enough about a lot of the characters to appreciate all the nuances. (My X-men knowledge is mostly from the films.)

hmm, Wolverine--I like the idea of Takakura Ken. He spent a lot of his career playing yakuza, and he was/is good with a sword and a very good actor. Or Lance Reddick or Idris Elba--they have the right kind of intensity (although they are both rather tall, and I suspect Wolverine is meant to be a little shorter/stockier.)
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2010-01-12 08:48 (UTC)(link)
If they can cast Hugh Jackman (6'3") and make him look stocky, they can work with Idris Elba, for sure!

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[personal profile] sinensis 2010-01-12 09:05 (UTC)(link)
or one could have the genderbent version of Wolverine, and cast Michelle Rodriguez, who would be AWESOME.
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[personal profile] marina 2010-01-12 09:22 (UTC)(link)
OMG YES THIS. And she could still be a big-sister/mommy-figure to Rogue and the new generation of Iceman, Pyro and--OH GOD YES DO WANT.

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[personal profile] chrismm 2010-01-12 09:19 (UTC)(link)
I love your brain so much.
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[personal profile] karenhealey 2010-01-12 09:29 (UTC)(link)
HOW ABOUT adorable Dwayne as Wolverine and then Cliff Curtis can be Banshee reprising adorable a-little-estranged-but-loving father/daughter dynamics from Whale Rider yesssss yessssss.
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[personal profile] slide 2010-01-12 10:36 (UTC)(link)
there is only one person that can be wolverine, dude, and that is the mighty shahrukh khan.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHO HALF OF THESE CHARACTERS ARE BUT I APPROVE OF THE PRETTY, PRETTY PEOPLE. and also andre/ken? I'D READ THAT. i'd read that so hard.
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[personal profile] cj 2010-01-12 10:48 (UTC)(link)
Wow, is HOTTEST CAST EVER too shallow a response? And Andre Braugher is sheer magnificence in every way. I would watch the shit out of this.

I was going to suggest Adam Beach for Wolverine before I saw he was already cast. I even had a picture uploaded! Actually, I'm going to share the picture anyway, because it's Adam Beach.

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[personal profile] leesalogic 2010-01-12 15:59 (UTC)(link)
MMMMMM. Adam Beach. :)
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[personal profile] applegnat 2010-01-12 11:10 (UTC)(link)
OMG, this is superb! I can't remember the last time I liked something he did [okay, I lie, he floored me in Luck By Chance] - but I'd maybe pick Hrithik Roshan as Wolverine? He has the physical presence and also [as he proved in LBC] the ability to sufficiently disappear into a character while retaining starry swagger, which as far as I can tell the Wolverine role really needs.

I'd also like to see Aamir as Tony Stark, and [sharing your reluctance] Aishwarya as Pepper Potts.

Also I am sadface to see no Tony Leung in your post or handyhunter's, but I am a dud about comics, and I don't know enough to cast him anywhere else - he just seemed far too amazing didn't seem right for any of the characters I do know.
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[personal profile] liviapenn 2010-01-12 12:13 (UTC)(link)

Okay, this was inspiring, which is to say it's all your fault for asking "who would be Wolverine!" Anyway, I put up some ideas of my own here. *G*
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[personal profile] littlerhymes 2010-01-12 12:16 (UTC)(link)
This post is AWESOME. *____*

[personal profile] ex_lucidity482 2010-01-12 12:50 (UTC)(link)
I am incoherent with how amazing this post is.

AMERICA FERRARA AS RAHNE SINCLAIR JUST....MAKES MY ENTIRE LIFE?!??!
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[personal profile] marej 2010-01-12 13:03 (UTC)(link)
see and i would totally go old skool and cast Wesley Snipes as Wolverine (I have been saying this for *years*), despite the fact that he broke my tax accountant heart and didn't pay his taxes.
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[personal profile] callmesandyk 2010-01-12 13:30 (UTC)(link)
I love this post, but my eyes are all broke from the pretty! Perfect picture choices on your part!
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[personal profile] paperhearts 2010-01-12 13:54 (UTC)(link)
ZOMG! I cannot even begin to describe how FRAKKING awesome your re-casting is because Andre Braugher = Xavier is DIVINELY INSPIRED. I'm just saying.

I've thought long and hard about the Wolverine question, and I feel that Naveen Andrews would be the best fit. I think he'd be really great at it.

I soooo have to do this meme.



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[personal profile] cathybites 2010-01-12 13:57 (UTC)(link)
John Cho as Multiple Man makes me heart fill up with GLEE AND LOVE.
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[personal profile] sparkymonster 2010-01-12 14:35 (UTC)(link)
THEY WOULD BE SNARKY IN DIFFERETN AWESOME WAYS

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[personal profile] maboheme 2010-01-12 14:05 (UTC)(link)
This is amazing and totally made my morning. Thank you hon!
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[personal profile] burntcopper 2010-01-12 14:05 (UTC)(link)
Chiwetel as Pete? can't see it. Brian Braddock, hell yes.
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[personal profile] alestar 2010-01-12 14:20 (UTC)(link)
Duuude, this is my first Dreamwidth comment ever, but I had to tell you how I started collecting "these are my favorite"s from the top, but then there were too many. Clearly, you should be in charge of everything. Morena Baccarin and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Vanessa Williams, oh my god.

I WOULD ALSO READ THE SHIT OUT OF THIS COMIC
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[personal profile] sparkymonster 2010-01-12 14:35 (UTC)(link)
Also I would prefer to never discuss or think of the stupid thing where Psylocke got a ninja body
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[personal profile] wembley 2010-01-12 14:37 (UTC)(link)
Eeeeee, Adam Beach! <3333 I MISS YOU, DETECTIVE LAKE. Um, back on-topic: I love this! Oh my God, Andre Braugher as Xavier. I want this movie so bad.

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