I actually agree with the idea that a black historical figure should be black. However, if that logic holds true, then the whole cast of Hamilton should be white
@Paranoid Sushi, if it wasn’t for double standards, many people would have no standards at all.
@Paranoid Sushi, I get where you're coming from, my understanding was almost the whole cast was made black to try and counteract how difficult it is for black actors to get roles for that reason though. Also, I think movies are different then live plays
@Paranoid Sushi, Cleopatra was of Greek descent. The Ptolemaic dynasty, of which she was a part, was a Macedonian royal family that was given rule of egypt after Alexander the Great conquered it. Its actually more likely that she was white. Representation is incredibly important, but yeah in this case it would make sense for the actor to be white.
Cant upvote that enough.
@mcgargleballs, oh I yeah I guess I forgot about the Greek lineage of Cleopatra, you’re totally right. Either way, I still think the perspective of racial representation of historical figures should be the same universally
@mcgargleballs, first of all Greeks were a mixed race they were neither white nor black and included many that were of darker and lighter skin tones. Second she was likely partially Egyptian so at least not all white but there is little evidence to show that Greeks had racial biases based on skin color at least to the degree that has developed historically so it is unlikely they would describe it accurately.
@mcgargleballs, Greek people were not white. It's as bad as when a Roman dude is played by someone British. We're Olive skinned at best.
Except Cleopatra was white. Her father was a Greek general who was given control of Egypt after Alexander the Greats army conquered the region. But he’s right, Scar Jo should get the role
@Termy, this and only this.
Yeah, it was really tragic when they cast Scarlett Johansson in a live action anime, especially when she had such a strong physical resemblance to the character... gosh, whatever were they thinking? 😒