Angela Bassett: “Where Are Black Actors in Woody Allen Films??”

- By Bossip Staff

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Angela Bassett isn’t jumping at any Woody Allen projects, and oddly enough, he isn’t exactly knocking down any black actors’ or actresses’ doors either:

“I mean, to have one black cast member for the whole film seems rather strange, and, oh yes, she’s a prostitute, of course,” said the actress who portrayed Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With it? “Don’t get me wrong, I love Spain and it looked beautiful, but that part of the world is so diverse and, really, what is that about?”

Although Allen has succeeded in signing up Sir Anthony Hopkins and Josh Brolin to appear in his next film, which is set in London, the 50-year-old American actress added that she had herself no desire to work for him. “I wouldn’t want to,” she told Mandrake at the premiere of Notorious, a film about the late rap singer the Notorious B.I.G. “He’s a little weird.”

Miss Bassett is not the first person to point out the prevalence of white faces in Allen’s films. When Spike Lee, the black director, was criticised for allegedly not featuring many white characters in his films, he was quick to point out that Allen had very few blacks in his.

Allen robustly disputes that he is a racist. His wife is Soon-Yi Previn, whom he married in 1997. She is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, his former wife. When they married, Allen was 56 and Miss Previn 22.

Maybe Woody’s been too busy searching for the Viagra he needs to chop down the Soon-Yi’s of the world to notice the lack of blacks in his films.  Let it go, Angela.  Besides, this cat’s film-making career (among other things) already has a foot in the proverbial grave.

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  • http://bossip U TOLD HARPO TO BEAT ME

    ??? do we care and y should u !! money is money

  • Junk

    If that’s not the lamest diversionary tactic, I don’t know what is:

    -Of course I like black people.

    -Look, here’s my Asian wife.

    huh?

  • SAN DIEGO SWEETHEART

    ANGELA BASSETT IS ABSOLUTELY RADIANT!!!!! JUST BEAUTIFUL..🙂

    A TRUE LADY!

  • Yeah I said it.........DO SOMETHIN!!!

    ANGELA BASSETT IS THE FLYEST WOMAN IN HER BRACKET……PERIOD!!!!!!!!

  • Ciara - Never Ever : Available on iTunes Now

    Angela has a point there.

  • willie

    Who cares? I don’t know anyone who goes to see movies by Woody Allen anyway. Woody has been feuding with Robin Quivers from the Howard Stern Show for decades now. Does that answer your question?

  • Bambino

    Woody Allen doesn’t have Asians, Indians or Hispanics in his films either. Why are blacks so special. Come on blacks, you can’t force people to like you or cast you. Even so, there’s no real evidence that Allen is a racist. He’s narcistic and his characters live in a bubble.

  • malibu barbie

    can we just honestly put the question out there.. Since when have black actors or actress been checking for woody allen film in the first place!! i mean angela sid her self she could care less.. sooo whats the point please take this filler piece off!!

  • Kigali (Going to spike Black females drinks with Birth Control Pills)

    @Bambino,

    You have a point. Blacks need to get over themselves.

  • princedonte

    he’s movies are lame and he’s a child molester who wants to be in his films anyways if i was a black actor i wouldn’t they don’t do anything for scarlet johansons career anyway

  • MondayPhillyGrownYoungWoman

    woody allen is a child molestor but that doesnt matter in hollywood..he still had juice/and pull. we need to start supporting ourselves…..i.e (tyler perry, spike lee movies) but those are even few and far in between.

  • Sawyer

    I dont support him or his films so I could care less plus his material isnt anything for a black actor anyway. Besides his movies suck ass! Name a good Woody Allen flick in the last decade or so…you cant!

  • Kigali(Joyfully Licking The Ass of Random Cracka's Since 1972)

    I wouldn’t want to be in a n incestuous-child molesters movies, at no cost. Woody is a Jew and his daughter is Asian, so anything goes for this man. He could shit on the world and he’d be backed up by Ari Weisman Group, BULLSHIT! Angela, you are TOO GOOD FOR HIS WEIRDO MOVIES!!!!!!

  • Dina

    Who cares who Woody Allen has in his movies? Every movie doesn’t have to have black people in it, just like every life situation doesn’t have black people in it. I swear, sometimes we complain over stuff that just doesn’t matter. Hell, don’t like it, don’t go see his movies, it’s simple, there’s too many options.

  • OL' PLAYER LOOKIN @$$ BOY

    WHO CARES..AND WHO WATCHES WOODY ALLEN FILMS ANYWAY. BLACK HOLLYWOOD TRIPS ME OUT HOLLARING ABOUT LACK OF JOBS IN THE FILM INDUSTY FOR BLACKS, WHY DONT THEY PRODUCE AND WRITE THEY OWN FILMS AND QUIT RUNNING TO THE WHITE MAN SCREAMIMG RAPE FOR NOT GETTING IN HIS MOVIES ROLES. THESE ARE THE SOME PEOPLE WHO BARK TYLER PERRY AND SPIKE LEE WHEN ASK TO BE IN THERE MOVIES -BUT LET STEVEN SPILBERG OR RON HOWARD ASK,….THEY ALL ON THE WHITE DIRECTOR JOCK…….I DONT FEEL NO COMPASSION FOR ANY ONE WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD NO ONE THERE SHOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT NOTHING.

  • DeeFav

    Angela Bassett is amazing.

    But, what I think is funny, is how bold people are for reading and negatively commenting on a website geared toward BLACK PEOPLE and their thoughts and opinions!

    @ Bambino, Kigali, wtf and others with your unnecessary negativity, keep it to yourselves. I could do without reading your ignorant comments.

    3 seconds of my life I’ll never get back…Go screw yourselves

  • Lord Knows

    Why would anyone want to be in a Woody Allen film? This guy married his adopted daughter. Ugh – he’s gross.

  • Loch Ness Monster

    Woody’s films are awful. Like so awful I’d rather scrape gum off the sidewalk than watch any of them.

  • whatever

    @OL’ PLAYER LOOKIN @$$ BOY

    I totally cosign w/ you

    Angela Basset has enough clout right now in her career that she could get her own film off the ground with a good script and quality actors. The film industry is not about black and white; it is about green. As much as I don’t like his modern day minstrel shows, at least Tyler Perry puts his money where his mouth is and puts out films he believes Hollywood is lacking.

  • it's a beautiful day

    we know his movies are just crap and usually made for europe & old men still living in the 19th century
    we don’t care about him or him putting black people in his movies but I love Angela (she’s a very talented actress)
    I guess she just wanted to comment on his work
    you know kigali and bambino who are self hatred people that if you don’t work for yourself who else will do it for you? if she doesn’t bring the issue out who else will do it?
    YOU!!! get over yourselves and stop repeating what your self hatred entourage or caucasian media is telling you everyday of your misery life

  • InsertDopeWordsHere

    I love Mrs. Bassett. Great actress, wonderful woman.

  • truth, iam a girl

    @JUNK—I totally agree with you! Whats up bossip with saying let it go?? See that type of attitude is what is holding us back from having black shows on ABC, NBC and Fox… Let it go.. yeah let go of the idea of black people being qualified to act in his movies… Whatever… thats why they “Let go” of our shows too…… Yep let it go.. Whatever ya….

  • ricci

    so the only black actress in his whole movie plays a prostitute.that figures.other than that, who cares about woody allen’s shit??let it go angela, just let it go.

  • TheGoodGood

    clint, scorcese, woody, copola, the star wars dude are all racist.. only steven spielberg ( the #1) puts blacks in his movies!

  • brooklyn kid

    Where are black actor’s period? That’s why we have to encourage our next generation to do for “self”. We have to produce, create our own path, especially in Hollyweird. Woody Allen is a child molester, does Ms. Bassett really want to be in his movies. Some of his movies aren’t even that good. We need more Tyler Perry’s.

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