Thanks very much for your story.

It wasn’t too long ago when British and American directors cast African Americans in roles meant for British actors; For Queen and Country, starring Mr. Denzel Washington in ’88 and Ocean’s 11 in 2000, starring Don Cheadle, with the minging cockney accent.

That things have changed was simply down to the likes of Idris Elba and Eamonn Walker taking the plunge where the likes of Don Gilet and Fraser James chose not to. I shouldn’t forget Chiwetelu Ejiofor, who put in a powerful performance in Amistad in 97. Even though he went back to the theater to hone his craft, for the better part of 1998–2003, he also became a huge star in Hollywood.

Now that the genie is out of the bottle, we are likely to see more of this, not less happening.



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible