5/22/2013



A rumor is going around that Michael B. Jordan will be playing the Human Torch in director Josh Trank's reboot of Fantastic Four.

This is news for one reason: it would cast a black actor in a traditionally white role. But this isn't the first time ethnicities have changed when the character went on-screen.

The practice is known as "Race Bending" and widely done in Hollywood for a bunch of reasons.

Read on for the most bewildering race changes in genre movie history.



#26 Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) in Man of Steel (2013)



Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: Black

#25 Aang (Noah Ringer) in The Last Airbender (2010)



Original Ethnicity: Asian
New Ethnicity: Caucasian



#24 Captain Nemo (James Mason) in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)




Original Ethnicity: Indian
New Ethnicity: Caucasian




#23 Catwoman (Eartha Kitt) in Batman (1966)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#22 Uhura (Zoe Saldana) in Star Trek (2009)



Original Ethnicity: African-American Black
New Ethnicity: Hispanic


#21 Heimdel (Idris Elba) in Thor (2011)



Original Ethnicity: Caucasian (Nordic)
New Ethnicity: African-American Black




#20 Johnny Rico (Casper Van Diem) in Starship Troopers (1997)






Original Ethnicity: Filipino
New Ethnicity: Caucasian


#19 The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) in Iron Man 3 (2013)






Original Ethnicity: Asian
New Ethnicity: Caucasian Middle Eastern


#18 Harvey Dent (Billy Dee Williams) in Batman (1989)




Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#17 Goku (Justin Chatwin) in Dragonball Evolution (2009)




Original Ethnicity: Asian
New Ethnicity: Caucasian


#16 Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)






Original Ethnicity: Persian
New Ethnicity: Caucasian




#15 Robert Neville (Will Smith) I am Legend (2007)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black



#14 Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) in GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra (2009)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black




#13 Catwoman (Halle Berry) in Catwoman (2004)



Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#12 Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher (Queen Latifah) in Sphere (1998)




Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#11 Ford Prefect (Mos Def) in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian (Appearance)
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#10 Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) in Daredevil (2003)




Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#9 John "Ray" Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) in Jurassic Park (1993)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#8 Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) in Smallville (2001)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#7 Robin (Marlon Wayans) in Batman Returns (1992)






Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black

Note: According to Wayans, he was supposed to play Robin in Batman Returns. He was cast and paid, but his role was cut from the film.


#6 James West (Will Smith) in Wild Wild West (1999)




Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#5 Bane (Robert Swenson) in Batman & Robin (1997)






Original Ethnicity: Hispanic (Caribbean)
New Ethnicity: Caucasian




#4 Agent Zero (Daniel Henney) in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)







Original Ethnicity: Caucasian (German)
New Ethnicity: Asian (Korean)



#3 Alicia Masters (Kerry Washington) in Fantastic Four (2005)



Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black





#2 Bolivar Trask (Bill Duke) in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)




Original Ethnicity: Caucasian
New Ethnicity: African-American Black


#1 Bane (Tom Hardy) in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)






Original Ethnicity: Hispanic (Caribbean)
New Ethnicity: Caucasian


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8 comments:

Alex J Cavanaugh said...

Most of those still worked. Except Wild, Wild West. Or maybe it was just because that movie was awful?

Tony Laplume said...

Must...see...Marlon Wayans...as Robin!

jeremy [retro] said...

wait what... i wish i could think of just one. how about... swamp thing: marsh new: house plant... stupid i think so...

nutschell said...

gosh. I was so annoyed when they cast the Last Airbender movie!

Nutschell

www.thewritingnut.com

Jean Morel said...

Ben Kingsley is Indian actually

Cian Nolan said...

Just because being black does not automatically make you African-American. Idris Elba is from England and spoke with a neutral/theatrical accent. The same could be said for many here.

Kamehameha said...

Goku was an alien, not actually asian. That being said, Justin Chatwin was still a really bad choice.

SMH said...

Re: Zoe Saldana


"Hispanic" is not a race or ethnicity. It is a term invented by the Nixon administration that attempts to lump people of all Spanish speaking nations into one category. (In other words, it's hella racist). Zoe Saldana is a Latina-- but she is ALSO Black. I know, I know... So confusing! It has to be one or the other right?


There are Black people of just about every nationality on the Globe. Saldana's national heritage doesn't make her any less Black.

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