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“We Don’t Mess With You Anymore” Tyler James Williams Says Some Black Folks Shunned Him For Playing A Gay Character
Chris Rock recently spoke about the unique pressure of being a Black entertainer. Pressures that White actors don’t have to deal with. He said that Denzel has a responsibility to his people that actors like Tom Cruise don’t. He said that no says to Tom Cruise, “Stay White. Don’t forget your whiteness.”
But I don’t have to tell you that Chris Rock is right. That is exactly what goes on in the Black community. The notion of selling out or “making us look bad,” for better or worse is a very real one. Actor Tyler James Williams, who just so happened to play a young Chris Rock in the hit series “Everybody Hates Chris,” found that out recently when he took on the role of Lionel in the smash indie film Dear White People.
In case you haven’t seen the movie, Lionel is gay. And not only gay but also incredibly socially awkward. Which makes it hard for him to fit in with both the Black and White kids on campus.
It plays out in a very interesting way on screen and I strongly encourage you to see the movie if you haven’t done so already.
But after the credits rolled and the screen went black, some Black audience members were left feeling betrayed.
Tyler spoke about this recently in a Huff Post Live interview.
“There’s this interesting thing in the Black community of staying real, never going away or forgetting where you come from and always representing the Black community well. Which is frustrating in a lot of ways and stressful as well. Because so many different parts– like any community of the Black community have different opinions. So it’s hard to please everybody and stay Black and proud. So especially with this, I got a good amount of backlash from a lot of the Black community, who are homophobic. And especially the “Everybody Hates Chris” audience, saying ‘we don’t mess with you anymore.’ ‘How dare you do this.’ ‘Why did you turn on us?’
And I was recently talk to Ali Leroi, who is the co-creator of “Everybody Hates Chris,” and he was saying what’s interesting with that is that for so long, there was so little portrayals of the average Black American that the average Black American male associated himself with whoever was on tv. So in this way, there’s still this mentality of ‘Okay, you’re a Black male on tv, I am you. Wait you’re gay? I’m not gay! No, no no. Never mind. We’re not the same thing. Forget you, we shun you now. That was very interesting like wow, we still have a ways to go.”
Tyler ain’t never lied. And I find it incredibly poetic that a movie that was meant to educate White people about their ignorances and prejudices ended up exposing a huge prejudice and problem in the Black community as well. Funny how life works out.
You can watch this segment in the video below and Tyler’s entire interview on the next page.
If you missed, Saturday Night Live last night, you missed an epic performance. The legendary singer Prince, performed for 8 uninterrupted minutes on last night’s episode. The performance featured new music and a killer guitar solo by the crooner. The last time Prince performed for 8 minutes straight, was during Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. Prince’s performance will definitely go down in SNL history.
In addition to a performance by Prince, Chris Rock also hosted last night’s episode. Rock appeared in a number of skits including a funny skit with an entire black cast.
Kendrick Lamar and Woody Harrelson are set to perform and guest host when Saturday Night Live returns November 15th. In the meantime, check out the performance by Prince and some of Chris Rock’s skits.
A trailer has finally been released for Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, which tells the story of wildly successful comedian and movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock), whose run-in with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) causes him to reexamine his life and career. Gabrielle Union plays rocks superficial reality TV star fiancée, Erica Long, who’s never around without a gang of reality TV cameramen.
The all-star cast also includes Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. According to Deadline, the film triggered a pretty competitive bidding war last month at the Toronto Film Festival. Paramount Pictures eventually won for a whopping $12.5 million.
Top Five was both written and directed by Chris. Interestingly, Jay Z and Kanye West are credited as co-producers for the project. Judging by the trailer, it’s going to be pretty funny. The comedy is slated to hit theaters in December.
Watch the trailer below. Is this something you’d be interested in checking out?
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the closely-watched film festivals that take place during the course of the year. And at this year’s event, Chris Rock’s new comedy, Top Five, seems to be burning it up.
Rock wrote, directed, and starred in the new flick, about a comedian, Andre Allen, at life’s crossroads. The main character is a recovering alcoholic who is attempting to be taken seriously with a movie centered around the Haitian slave rebellion. At the same time, he is getting ready for his wedding to a reality TV star (Gabrielle Union), which will be televised. Talk about contrast.
Top Five entered the festival sans a distributor; but it has a power list of producers–mega producer Scott Rudin, media exec Barry Diller along with Jay Z, and Kanye West. It was such a hit at the festival, there was a bidding war with Paramount coming out the victor for the rights to the movie, paying in the $12.5 million range. There will also be $20 million spent on marketing. This will make it one of the largest acquisitions ever at TIFF.
Because of the buzz, Vulture has made a top five list of things you should know about Rock’s latest.
–“The movie’s title refers to a debate about the all-time greatest hip-hop artists; Andre’s list is Rock’s in a slightly different order: Jay Z, Nas, Scarface, Rakim, Biggie, and LL Cool J, because everyone always asks for six,” reports the site.
–Tracy Morgan, still in a wheelchair following a serious car accident, is in it. So prepare for some heartrending and possible tearing up.
–Rock offers in the credits “the greatest slam from a fake film critic ever: ‘I wouldn’t see it if it was playing in my glasses.'”
–Hmm. There are some feather-related sex scenes.
–And even more curious. “You will never think of tampons the same way again,” says Vulture.
–“Because everyone always gives six! You will hear a very plausible theory on where Tupac is, but only if you’re willing to watch every Tyler Perry movie when you leave the theater in order to follow up on it,” concludes Vulture.
Sounds like it might be pretty funny!
*This story has been updated to reflect that the deal has closed.
Monday is here which means it’s time for another episode of Hotness or Hot Mess. Today’s potential #ManCrushMonday is going out to one of these funnymen — Mike Epps, Dave Chappelle, Katt Williams, Chris Rock, or Lil Duval — but that all depends on whether the ladies in the video above deem them hotness or a hot mess. Check out the video and weigh in in the comments section.
Forget what you heard. Big things can come in small packages — just ask many of the funny people dominating movie theaters with their hilarious films. The folks at Entertainment Weekly hinted inside their June 27 issue at an interesting correlation between a comic’s height and their success at the box office. Do “height-challenged” actors in comedies have more success? Let’s take a look at comics, their height, and how much success they have seen at the box office*. We, of course, use the word comic loosely as it defines one who provokes laughter, or is humorous.
*Estimated box office power is based on average of top three films with starring roles — not including animated features.
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and in honor of the biggest game of the year, here are some of our favorite football movies.
Any Given Sunday
Famed director Oliver Stone decided to enlist an all-star cast to focus on the game of football for the film Any Given Sunday. Al Pacino plays coach Tony D’Amato who’s in charge of motivating an embattled team with the new owner (Cameron Diaz) breathing down his neck. With their star quarterback out, he has no choice but to turn to the nervous third-string quarterback Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx). The cast included James Wood, Dennis Quaid and LL Cool J along with legendary NFL Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor.
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Contrary to popular belief, being an actor isn’t always glamorous. These stars had to reach deep inside themselves and take a walk on the dark side to play a part most weren’t familiar with at all — a drug addict.
Famed actress Alfre Woodard has played many characters. One unforgettable role was friend and neighbor to a gay drag queen played by Ving Rhames. Woodard was Wanda in the 2000 movie Holiday Heart, a drug-addicted single mom with a heart of gold who was down on her luck. This isn’t the first time Woodard portrayed a character addicted to a substance. Two years earlier she starred in Down In The Delta as an addict forced to move to Mississippi with her children.
Sources have informed The Wrap.com that Gabrielle Union is set to play Chris Rock’s fiancée in his new movie Finally Famous. Rock wrote, will direct and star in the movie about a recovering-alcoholic comedian turned actor who is trying to be taken seriously in industry.
Union’s fame-hungry character, who is responsible for Rock’s sobriety, tries to convince him they should get married on a reality tv show.
Alcoholism, engagements and second chances, sounds like a lot for one movie but we won’t write it off just yet.
In addition to Rock and Union, Rosario Dawson also joins the cast as a journalist assigned to interview Rock’s character for a magazine. Dawson’s character is a reformed party girl who’s settled down and is also engaged. But there’s an attraction between she and Rock’s character.
Ooo, so potential betrayal too.
Scott Rudin, the producer behind movies like Sister Act, No Country For Old Men, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, along with many, many others, has signed on to produce the film.
Shooting will begin this summer in New York City.
Sure, she’s in the midst of filming Think Like A Man Too and is the star of BET’s new scripted show, Being Mary Jane, but Gabrielle Union isn’t stopping there.
According to BlackFilm.com, the actress just signed on to play in comedian/actor Chris Rock’s new film. In the film Finally Famous, Union will play a reality show television star who is engaged to Chris Rock’s character.
For his part, Rock will play a comedian-turned-actor who is trying to be taken seriously as an actor – while being a recovering alcoholic. Union, dying to become a bigger star, tries to convince him that the best way for both of their stars to shine is if they get married on the reality show.
Actress Rosario Dawson will also be in the film and plays a journalist who has a little “personal” chemistry with Rock.
Gabrielle Union is super busy these days, which is great considering we hadn’t seen her in any roles for a while prior to her 2012 appearance in Think Like A Man. You often hear that celebrity women get fewer roles as they get older but for Union, who turned 40 in October, she seems to have hit a great stride.
Finally Famous, directed by Chris Rock and produced by Scott Rudin, will begin filming this summer in New York City.