Danny Devito to Produce Biopic of Martin Luther King Jr; George Clooney to Play MLK

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Hollywood is racist! We need white people to show the way on this!

Hollywood is racist! We need white people to show the way on this!

Hoping to end criticism that Hollywood is a racist and lily-white community, Danny Devito announced that he will be filming a biography of noted civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speaking about the Oscars, Devito said, “It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.

So it’s an example of the fact that even though some great people have given some great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about. We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies. So sometimes it manifests itself in things like this [the Oscar nominations] and it’s illuminated. But just generally speaking, we’re a bunch of racists.

Because of the Oscar controversy Devito felt he had to do something.

It was after the nominations were announced that I decided that I personally had to get involved. That’s why I am producing this movie on the most important black man in American history. But then I found out that a movie was already made about Ray Charles. So I’m making one about Martin Luther King Jr.

When word got out that a King biography was in the works, every black actor in Hollywood asked for the role. Many, including Kanye West auditioned. But in the end it was decided to give the role to George Clooney.

“I’m a proud liberal” declared Devito.

My entire life has been dedicated to liberal causes such as civil rights and gluten-free food. I’m proud to produce this film. And while many fine actors of color auditioned for the role I felt that George was the best man for the role. He’s been a friend of mine for years, we’ve worked together before and he’s very popular. He’ll bring people to the movie theaters. He’ll guarantee more money and that translates into Oscar nominations. This movie will be important to peoples of color but that doesn’t mean I want to work with them.

Set to play the role of King’s wife, Loretta Scott King is Julia Roberts.

She has worked with George before as well. She’s comfortable with him and she’s such a great actress that she’ll have no problem convincing people she’s black. Or at the very least Puerto Rican. Possibly Mexican or Honduran. But definitely brown. Or eastern European. Or Greek. But not Anglo.

To quell criticism of a non-person of color playing the role of a famous person of color Devito pointed out that this is common practice in Hollywood.

Actors often portray peoples of different nationalities. Mickey Rooney played an Asian in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sean Connery played an Irishman in The Untouchables and most famously Leonard Nimoy played a Vulcan even though he wasn’t a Vulcan or even a black Vulcan. Though he could have passed as a brown Vulcan.

Regardless of the controversy Devito is confident his biopic of King will be nominated for many Oscars, including best actor.

And when George wins it will prove once and for all that black actors are accepted in Hollywood. Even though George isn’t black. Or even eastern European. But I think we can all agree he could possibly be brown.

The Devito-produced biography is set to begin filming in April.

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3 Responses

  1. Petermc3 says:

    Morgan Freeman can play James Earl Ray thereby ensuring a black Oscar winner. Bill Clinton, the first black president, can play Jesse, I have a scheme, Jackson.

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