Wise? DiCaprio to play Martin Luther King Jr upsets many

By Shanaaz Prince
16 April 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio may be making a career mistake by doing black face for his latest role as Martin Luther King.

We're not so sure this is a good career move for a man who seems to be on a roll right now. If rumours are to be believed Leonardo DiCaprio has been cast by Oliver Stone to play Civil Rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. in DreamWorks’ not yet titled MLK biopic. Critics have questioning Leo's ability to fulfil the role that could have been cast to a number of black actors. “Hollywood is at a point where we no longer have to solely look at black actors to play black roles or white actors to play white roles," someone affiliated with the production says. "With the leaps that technology has made over the last quarter century, we’re able to use prosthetics & make-up to enable any actor to play whatever role he or she wants.

Hollywood is at a point where we no longer have to solely look at black actors to play black roles or white actors to play white roles

"And that’s what we plan to do with Leo; we’ll have make-up artists on hand to darken him up and we’ll add certain prosthetic pieces to fill out his nose a bit more. We may even look into computer-generated imagery to enlarge his lips a bit.

"We just did not want to limit ourselves to the same small group of black actors, when Leonardo DiCaprio is really the guy we think can best capture who Dr. King was as a person."

Principal photography on the film is set to start in the fall of this year.

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