*With two movies in theaters this month, “Runner Runner” now playing nationwide and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in theaters on Friday, actor Anthony Mackie still feels there is a lack of roles for black actors in Hollywood these days.
“The problem is we have passed the ‘heyday’ of black cinema, and that’s why you look at “The Best Man [Holiday]” that’s coming out… it’s the same people that was in “The Best Man” years ago,” Mackie said in an interview with theGrio. “They don’t really make those movies anymore.”
The New York Times says that 2013 is “a breakout year for black films,” with the release of “Fruitvale Station,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Butler” as well as nearly a dozen other prominent movies by and about African Americans.
Even with the new wave of black films right now, Mackie still doesn’t think that we are bearing witness to a black film renaissance.
“I think we are in a period of people not getting the opportunities to do the movies that they want to do, so their starting to be creative,” the 8 Mile star told Chris Witherspoon of theGrio. “I think a lot of people were just flabbergasted at the idea that Quentin Tarantino did a movie about slavery and got so much acclaim. So now people are standing up, Like ‘yo, you know what? I’m not going to allow my history to be told by someone outside of that.’”
“You won’t do a movie about Queen Elizabeth and some black dude from Queens will direct it. It just won’t happen. You won’t do a movie about the Holocaust and some Asian dude from China will direct it, it just won’t happen.”