Zoe Saldana Questions Why White Actors Have Played People of Color for Years

Zoe Saldana Questions Why White Actors Have Played People of Color for Years
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Zoe Saldana’s voice is being heard, and it may be sparking some very necessary change in the entertainment world.

The actress recently wrote a Facebook in response to actor Michael B. Jordan’s essay, "Why I'm Torching the Color Line," for Entertainment Weekly about black characters being played by white actors in Hollywood.

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Jordan wrote the essay after critics and fans responded negatively to him being cast as Marvel’s newest Human Torch, Johnny Storm, in the upcoming Fantastic Four film. Johnny Storm was originally illustrated with blonde hair and blue eyes, and critics said Jordan was just not suited for the part because he is black.

“Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles,” the 28-year-old actor wrote in his EW essay.

Inspired by Jordan, Saldana posted the essay on her Facebook, adding her own commentary and asking critics to question why characters of color have been cast by white actors.

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Some of the iconic roles she mentions include Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in Mighty Heart, and Burt Lancaster in Apache. Read the actresses' full post below:

Bravo!!! Inspired by Michael's essay. Thank you for speaking up. If we question why Michael has been cast to play the...

Posted by Zoe Saldana on Saturday, May 23, 2015