And I mean that in more ways than one, because traditionally Vanity Fair has blinded us with covers so white you’d think they were ads for fluorescent lights in a snowstorm. Ever since the infamous #OscarsSoWhite hashtag was born back in 2016, Hollywood has been trying to diversify more. The Vanity Fair covers of late have also been partaking in that trend by spotlighting a variety of Hollywood stars who bring the American dream of collecting checks from playing make-believe on screen into full blown Technicolor.
As everyone knows, for 18 days, 12 Thai boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach became trapped three kilometers inside a tourist cave located in Thailand’s Doi Nang No mountain. And for 18 days, the whole world watched and thought, “I really hope those boys come out alive.” At the same time, some people in Hollywood must have been thinking “I really hope those boys come out alive…because just think of the movie we could make!” Just one day after every boy and their coach rescued, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a movie is in the works.
Be honest, the minute you heard that Ed Skrein was backing out of his role as a Japanese-American soldier in the Hellboy reboot after the backlash of criticism over Hollywood’s propensity for whitewashing – did you think, “I bet they get that guy from Lost.” Well, if you did, then you were right! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to take over the role. Being an Asian actor in Hollywood is hard, so it helps if you are one of THE Asian actors in Hollywood.
Kim will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain. The character is Japanese-American in the Hellboy comics by creator Mike Mignola.
Daniel has been an outspoken critic of the lack of roles for Asian actors, and famously walked away from Hawaii Five-0 when they couldn’t come up with Scott Caan money for him. Of course Daniel is not just “that guy from Lost.” He’s also a dude with a hot bod and sexy chiseled facial features. Yes, Daniel Dae (more like Daniel Bae) can get it, and I’m glad Hollywood might have woke up a little and given him something good to work with. But I fear we are sleeping on a whole lot of other sexy Asian men who are out there just waiting to objectified and drooled over. Now, get it together Hollywood and make with some juicy roles for these sexy men (and women!) to star in.
Just in case you needed yet another reminder that Hollywood is still a major bummer for some women past the age of fuckable, here you go. Jamie Denbo, aka Ginsberg on Orange Is the New Black and one-half of the very funny Ronna & Beverly, explained on Twitter last week that she was informed that, at 43, she’s too old to play the wife of a 57-year-old man. Only in Hollywood is a 14-year age gap considered too narrow.
I realize that during the Grammys earlier this year is that Beyonce, the queen of our time, placed a spell on all of us in the middle of her Offering to the Goddess performance when she gazed into the camera like “Love Me..Join Tidal… I COMMAND YOU!!” But that shit don’t work on me, because I don’t drink the damn lemonade. I prefer my ice to caress whiskey and honestly, I don’t even need the ice. So go hypnotize someone else, sistah!
Still, the spell worked on a few people (like Adele, who damn near somersaulted on stage to present Queen Bey with her Grammy on a bended knee). And director Jon Favreau is also ready to hand over stacks of cash for her to voice Nala in an upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.
Despite what that header pic would lead you to believe, it doesn’t look like Leonardo DiCaprio will be in it. That’s too bad. I was hoping we’d get to see the Planeteers side-eye Captain Planet when they realize he spends about 75% of the year on a yacht.