Famous white actors who played people of color

Could Julia Roberts have played Harriet Tubman?

Stars Insider

20/11/19 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Controversy

Casting choices have become a sore spot in Hollywood, what with the amount of white actors who have been cast as characters of other races—the so-called "whitewashing" of Hollywood. 

But despite there being waves of protest when actors of color are considered for fictional roles like Spider-Man or James Bond, there hasn’t always been major backlash when white actors played characters of color, even when those characters were based on real-life people of color.

Now this ridiculous bit of news has just become public: a studio executive once suggested Julia Roberts for the role of trailblazing abolitionist Harriet Tubman!

In fact, many of the most revered and beloved white actors have at one point in their career taken on a non-white role on screen. Click on to find out more.

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