Whitewashing In Hollywood: Films That Cast Non-Blacks In Black Roles

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“A Mighty Heart”

Angelina Jolie is slated to play ancient Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra and she certainly has experience playing a minority. That’s because for the 2008 film “A Mighty Heart,” Jolie portrayed Mariane Pearl, widow of “Wall Street Journal” reporter Daniel Pearl. Daniel was beheaded by the Taliban in 2002 and Marianne’s memoir gave a harrowing and detailed account of the search of her husband. Several  eyebrows were raised when Jolie was tapped to play Marianne, the French-born woman of Afro-Cuban descent. Jolie donned darker skin and a curly wig in the film.

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