*A lot of black folks are fans of Woody Allen and his films, but if you look closely there’s something very wrong with this picture. You see, Woody Allen pretty much never casts anyone black in his films. That’s mind numbing when you consider he’s put out a movie every year since 1977.
What’s also interesting, courtesy of the NY Daily News, is that the Oscar-winning filmmaker passed on casting any black actors in the Zach Braff-starring musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is puzzling because it takes place in Harlem’s Cotton Club.
Allen, in an interview in the New York Observer, responded to the accusations of racial bias but don’t expect him to do anything about it in his slate of upcoming films.
“Not unless I write a story that requires it,” said Allen whose new movie, “Magic in the Moonlight,” is out in theaters. “You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”
But get this, Allen is budz with several black celebs, including Chris Rock, who bought him a wedding present. He also considers himself a pal of Spike Lee, who has criticized Allen in the past.
“I’m friendly with Spike Lee. We don’t socialize, but I don’t socialize with anyone,” he added. “I don’t have white friends either.”