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When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles - Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting…

One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.” …I figured I was perfect for it.

They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.” The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.

By Actor Daniel Franzese Writes a Touching Coming Out Letter To His Iconic ‘Mean Girls’ Character Damian. Franzese writes about how playing the role of Damian in the movie meant facing discrimination and typecasting in Hollywood.
However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?

It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street - some of them in tears - and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.

Are you an actor or actress auditioning for roles on network television? Has your ethnic background, gender or sexual identity affected your ability to land a job? If so, send your story and contact information to: nprcrowdsource@npr.org and we may contact you for an interview.

By NPR wants to interview actors from underrepresented groups about their experiences! Signal boost and share! (It is possible they will do a big story on casting discrimination.)
Reblogged from daggerpen  1,053 notes

"It’s not racist - they’re just hiring a well known actor to drum up popularity for the movie!"

daggerpen:

Yes

And it’s funny, isn’t it

How the most well known actors seem to be so overwhelmingly white

Almost like there’s some type of

I don’t know

Institutional discrimination going on

As though actors of color so rarely have the chance to become as well known as white actors

As though movie roles are overwhelmingly written for white people

And even when they aren’t

White actors tend to get cast anyway

Because you know, it’s not about race

They’re just more talented and well known

Right?

"Ultimately, the judge disagreed and decided that in general, casting is protected by the First Amendment, and that means that even if the plaintiffs were right that the show was in fact outright refusing to cast people of color… its right to do that would be protected from interference.

The judge is just saying that even if these guys are entirely right that they’re being excluded based on race, they can’t win. What ABC successfully argued in this case (which could be appealed, by the way) is that it has a First Amendment right to exclude people of color as a creative decision in the process of casting shows. The judge isn’t saying it happened and ABC isn’t admitting it happened, but the judge is agreeing with ABC that even if it happened, it’s not illegal, and that’s why the case was dismissed.

By NPR’s Linda Holmes breaks down the ruling for Claybrooks v. ABC
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anthologyz:


A crowd of Filipino men line up for a casting call at MGM Studios in 1929 for the black-and-white movie entitled The Pagan. The movie was about a son, born to a white father and a native mother, who inherited land. The casting call was looking for a short “native” types, and this photograph shows a 5-foot measuring stick used to measure their height. For decades, Filipinos were often slated for native-type and service-type roles, and were often cast as uncredited extras despite some actors being widely known in the film community. One such actor was Leon Lontoc, who was cast in more than 50 roles (Chinese boatman, steward, native, and slave) during his acting career, beginning in 1943. In the 1970s, Lontoc was cast in some popular television shows in credited roles but still as a native, aide, assistant, houseboy, and servant.

during my viewership of singin’ in the rain tonight, i noticed an asian actor (leon lontoc) playing the butler who directs kathy seldon (debbie reynolds) to the hollywood party where she pops out of a cake.

this is what imdb had to say about him:

A barber by day, a waiter by night and a movie actor whenever he got the opportunity. Whenever he got an acting job, he would close his barber shop and put a Gone To Act sign on the door.

anthologyz:

A crowd of Filipino men line up for a casting call at MGM Studios in 1929 for the black-and-white movie entitled The Pagan. The movie was about a son, born to a white father and a native mother, who inherited land. The casting call was looking for a short “native” types, and this photograph shows a 5-foot measuring stick used to measure their height. For decades, Filipinos were often slated for native-type and service-type roles, and were often cast as uncredited extras despite some actors being widely known in the film community. One such actor was Leon Lontoc, who was cast in more than 50 roles (Chinese boatman, steward, native, and slave) during his acting career, beginning in 1943. In the 1970s, Lontoc was cast in some popular television shows in credited roles but still as a native, aide, assistant, houseboy, and servant.

during my viewership of singin’ in the rain tonight, i noticed an asian actor (leon lontoc) playing the butler who directs kathy seldon (debbie reynolds) to the hollywood party where she pops out of a cake.

this is what imdb had to say about him:

A barber by day, a waiter by night and a movie actor whenever he got the opportunity. Whenever he got an acting job, he would close his barber shop and put a Gone To Act sign on the door.

    • Entertainment Weekly:

      Will we ever see a bachelor or a bachelorette who is not white?

    • Mike Fleiss:

      I think Ashley is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.

    • Mike Fleiss explains to a reporter why after 23 seasaons there has never been a person of color as the bachelor or bachelorette. Fleiss is the creator of the ABC reality show "The Bachelor."

    • Last week, two African American men who auditioned for the show filed a lawsuit arguing that they and other people of color have been discriminated against in the casting process. This kind of lawsuit is very unprecedented; as far as I am aware no one has ever won a discrimination lawsuit against Hollywood before.