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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 11:57 PM

Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman. ☠️. 1994 suggestion

Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) Tweeted:
Julia Roberts was suggested to play Harriet Tubman by studio exec, says Harriet screenwriter https://t.co/5d3RLKVIB1
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Snip--... "But the film’s screenwriter and producer, Gregory Allen Howard, says when he first started working on the movie in 1994 that one studio executive suggested Julia Roberts to portray the legendary slave turned abolitionist. Yes, that Julia Roberts."


Snip--" “I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,'” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'”


Bit more at the EW article...white men , still embarrassing decent people
🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦

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Reply Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman. ☠️. 1994 suggestion (Original post)
irisblue Nov 2019 OP
demosincebirth Nov 2019 #1
Orrex Nov 2019 #3
BlueMTexpat Nov 2019 #10
irisblue Nov 2019 #2
BlueMTexpat Nov 2019 #12
PoindexterOglethorpe Nov 2019 #4
unc70 Nov 2019 #5
irisblue Nov 2019 #6
unc70 Nov 2019 #7
Afromania Nov 2019 #8
tulipsandroses Nov 2019 #9
BlueMTexpat Nov 2019 #11
qwlauren35 Jan 2020 #13
irisblue Jan 2020 #14
qwlauren35 Jan 2020 #15

Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:05 AM

1. I think there are many good black actresses that can play Ms. Tubman

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:08 AM

3. But can any of them play Julia Roberts?

(I agree with you, of course.)

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Response to Orrex (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 04:32 AM

10. ...

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:07 AM

2. From the article

..."the historical drama based on Tubman’s life released earlier this month, stars Cynthia Erivo." She was good in the role

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 04:39 AM

12. Here's a recent interview from Variety

with both Cynthia Erivo and Alfre Woodard. https://variety.com/2019/film/actors/actors-of-actors-cynthia-erivo-alfre-woodard-1203405674/

Cynthia Arivo and Alfre Woodard are at the forefront of this year’s awards conversation for two prestige films directed by black women. In Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency,” a movie that won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Drama category, Woodard plays Bernadine Williams, a steely prison warden damaged by the task of overseeing executions. For Erivo, who catapulted to fame in “The Color Purple” on Broadway, her tour-de-force turn as Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet” is her debut lead role in a movie. ...

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:11 AM

4. That's the essential problem with Hollywood.

They don't understand that details actually matter. Like race.

I'm a former airline employee, and I'm often crazed by what they get wrong about airplanes and flights. I long ago came to the conclusion that the underlying problem is that they are too coked up to care.

"Iceberg, Goldberg, what's the difference?"

And if you don't get that reference, look it up.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:31 AM

5. This is the running joke in "The Player". I call BS

In the movie "The Player", every movie idea being pitched would eventually involve Julia Roberts! This in turn became a cliché. I seriously doubt this story is real.

Someone is being punked with this. Go to IMDB, look up "The Player", then look through the trivia.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:07 AM

7. Read the LAT article.

He might be sincere in believing this, but I think it more likely he was an outsider who did not get the "joke". Altman's view of Hollywood is more cynical than almost anyone's.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:25 AM

8. woooooooooooooow

woooooooooooooow


---Teenage me in 1994 receiving my wow waves from 2019---

"YOOOOOOOOOONOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!????!!!"


Hard to believe anybody is that insane, but seeing what we have for a "president". I've come to reevaluate the capacity for fuckery of certain segments of American society. Sadly, it now puts even the most insane of notions on the table to be believed in regards to race.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:38 AM

9. Not the Onion?

That would be some serious white washing of history

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 04:33 AM

11. Ah yes, the resemblance

is so marked - in every way.

NOT!!!!!!

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 07:08 PM

13. 1994 was a long time ago.

Twenty five years ago.

I know that it's post Civil Rights and people should have a clue, but it was definitely before we had a black president.

Please note, when I read it, I gagged. But 1994. Keep that in mind.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 07:13 PM

14. I get your point

There are more BIPOC in entertainment business now,


But WOW, Julia Roberts?


🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

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Response to irisblue (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 02:58 PM

15. Uh huh

It's like someone flunked elementary school.

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