Monday, July 20, 2015

MARVEL STUDIOS ATTEMPTED TO USE AVA DuVERNAY'S BLACK FACE TO MAKE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE - HEROES4US

MARVEL STUDIOS
 ATTEMPTED 
TO USE 
AVA DuVERNAY'S 
BLACK FACE 
TO MAKE
 BLACK PANTHER MOVIE 
HEROES4US 

Ava DuVernay shared advice on how to get ahead in an industry in which she finds herself to be a minority. You gotta follow the white guys. Truly. They’ve got this thing wired," she advised during her closing keynote at the 2015 BlogHer conference, held at the Hilton in New York City. “Too often, we live within their games, so why would you not study what works? Take away the bad stuff — because there’s a lot — and use the savvy interesting stuff and figure out how they can apply. 

When asked about meeting repeatedly with Marvel head Kevin Feig for the opportunity, DuVernay didn’t get excited about it until she did her research on the character and the potential cultural impact. "For me, it was a process of trying to figure out, are these people I want to go to bed with? Because it’s really a marriage, and for this, it would be three years. It’d be three years of not doing other things that are important to me. So it was a question of, is this important enough for me to do?"

"At one point, the answer was yes, because I thought there was value in putting that kind of imagery into the culture in a worldwide, huge way, in a certain way: excitement, action, fun, all those things, and yet still be focused on a black man as a hero — that would be pretty revolutionary," she continued. "These Marvel films go everywhere from Shanghai to Uganda, and nothing that I probably will make will reach that many people, so I found value in that. That’s how the conversations continued, because that’s what I was interested in. But everyone’s interested in different things."

"What my name is on means something to me — these are my children," she said of her body of work. "This is my art. This is what will live on after I’m gone. So it’s important to me that that be true to who I was in this moment. And if there’s too much compromise, it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film."

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