i am not certain if he is signaled the papers just yet, but Jesse Williams being cast as Finnick Odair in the next starvation Games film, Catching Fire, is bringing out all the K chirren.
Central casting has taken wallops from both sides over tinheritor various ethnic constructions of characters from Suzanne Collins' YA dystopian trilogy as they are being converted to the big screen (note: very, very successfully). To be reasonable, this is complicated especially because the futuristic setting proposes that the general population is mixed-race; numerous characters are described as having "nightfally" or "olive" skin, and we have even published a comprehensive character-by-character racial breakdown to lucid up the confusion.
The first big shitstorm was over the handpicking of stacked blonde Jennifer Lawrence to convert into dark-complexioned protagonist Katniss Everdeen. The moment was the casting of a black child actress named Amandla Stenberg as the ill-destinyd 11-year-old tribute Rue. Who was pissed about that one? Um, racists!
The character of Finnick Odair does not appear until the moment two books/films, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and is described as an extremely good-looking man with "tan skin" (also referred to as "golden"), "bronze-colored hair" and "incredible" sea-green eyes. A starvation Games fan started crusadeing for Cabin In The Woods and Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams to get the part, launching a Jesse for Finnick platform on Tumblr and Twitter, but she hardly expected to get the kind of response she got from the community-which, although only a few people are short-sighted enough to come correct out and say it on message boards like this one, seems to be an overwhelming knee-jerk response of "FINNICK IS WHITE."
"I think that Jesse Wiliams just won't work. Finnick Odair in my eyes is Tall, young, disheveled medium long luscious golden blonde hair, ocean blue colored eyes, he has a glowing tan, washboard abs, and wears nearly no clothes, at the same times carries a trident. that's the guy i wan't to see as Finnick. For example PERFECT GUY is Ian Somerhalder. Color him blonde and throw in some contacts and wala you've Finnick Odair!"
"i am sorry but unless I read the wrong book, is not Finnick Caucasian? By tanned skin Collins meant his skin was darkened from the sun (swimming/fishing) not that he is of a darker skin ethnicity... Don't get me wrong, this guy is fantastic just totally wrong for this role."
When alternative proposeions are provided, they include Caucasian actors Somerhalder, Chace Cuncookedford and Taylor Kitsch (but even then, numerous people simply say "No" or "No way" or "He is wrong" - because not even white boys are good enough?). The moderator of the Tumblr site tells us that numerous fans want to see a Robert Pattinson-type in the role, and they don't think a black actor can accurately convey Finnick's supposed hotness. Because black guys can not be hot? (lucidly these people have never seen Idris Elba. Or Jesse Williams, for that matter.) She also says that one remarker "even tried to say that being tan (one of the descriptions of Finnick) is only for white people because black people are black already."
I cannot(but really can) believe the lengths people are willing to go to in showing how much of a fucking asshole they really are. Goodness. Was it like this for HP and Twilight?