Many people make a huge fuss over Tom Cruise starring in a film called "The Last Samurai" or Johnny Depp playing Tonto in "The Lone Ranger." For Christ's sake, Chuck Connors, the man would was the poster boy for what a square-jawed white male should look like, played Geronimo.
Yet nobody bats an eye when Anthony Hopkins plays a black man. Seriously - he plays a black man in the movie "The Human Stain."
I would like to see more of this trend in movies. Seriously now, I would pay my money to see a film where white actors play historic black people, and black actors play historic Mexicans, and Paul Hogan playing a Swedish Japanese woman, as long as it's NOT a comedy and all actors play their roles straight.
"Four score and seven years ago..." -Morgan Freeman
"I have a dream!" -Russell Crowe
"Remember the Alamo!" -Edward James Olmos
Granted, there's a reason behind Hopkins' character being of African-American heritage, but upon reading the truncated context of his colored past (no pun intended), people may read the description two, maybe three, times before their minds could grasp just how the fuck this would all work. I feel if the movie had actually done really well upon its release, a shit load more people just reading the line "Anthony Hopkins plays a black man" would have caused such an uproar as to un-root the very nature of human existence and storytelling. Or it would have just been good for a laugh.