VIOLA DAVIS and TOM HANKS discuss lack of diversity, particularly in CINEMA.
Observing that the problem doesn’t exist for TV in the same way, Hanks says:
Television is almost a bonanza when it comes to diversity. But the economics of a movie, a movie that has to play in China or overseas simply to make its money back…it ends up being one of those barriers
DAVIS, who says she’s typically type-cast as a ‘maid’ or a ‘crackhead’ adds
“Even in fabulous roles, they are still within the confines of being ‘strong,’ ‘a device,’ ‘funny,’….If it’s a black movie, at best it’s a biopic because it makes the audience feel comfortable that I am investing in this black person’s humanity, who I already know has made a mark in the world.”
The fight goes on.