‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casting Director Apology — Plus, Who Will Play NWA [AUDIO]
Last week, I told you about a very irresponsible Facebook post by a LA extras casting company, and now she is sending her apologies. Read what she said and find out who will play Dr. Dre, Easy E and Ice Cube in the upcoming biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'.
Principal casting is done, and the movie about the legendary gangsta rap group NWA is another step closer to hitting theaters. While Ice Cube will be played by his son, actor O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s offspring were not picked to play their fathers.
TMZ reports Eazy’s son, Eric Wright, Jr., a.k.a. Lil Eazy-E, is not happy he was not chosen to star as his legendary dad.
“I am my father. I look like him. I sound like him,” said Lil Eazy. He still plans to support the movie.
According to the Billboard, Eazy’s widow Tomica Wright approved of Jason Mitchell’s selection to portray her late husband. Dr. Dre also signed off on actor Marcus Callender, despite his own son auditioning for the role.
And now that that's settled, it's time for extras casting to begin.
As a SAG-certified extras casting director myself, I know for a fact that Hollywood is one industry where stereotyping and type casting is the norm, but the public casting call put out on Facebook by Sande Allessi Casting was insensitive and unnecessary.
Hear what a WBLK listener had to say about the situation and his plea to all women to realize that black is beautiful, regardless of what Hollywood says!
The post ranked the female extras into four different categories based on attractiveness, skin color and hair. The lowest-ranked "D group" was to include African-American women with medium to dark skin tone and “poor, not in good shape.” Click here to read all the breakdowns.
The way I would have done this is to simply put out a call asking for females age 18-30 to play Compton residents, and then pick through the photos to find the ones that fit the producer's request. But now the casting company is in a bad position where they need to apologize for ignorance.
Kristan Berona of Sande Alessing Casting wrote on Facebook:
I’ve been wanting to say this for two days and now I can.
I would like to sincerely apologize for recently posting a casting announcement that used offensive language to recruit women for a film our agency is working on. My intention was not to offend anyone and I’m so deeply sorry for not realizing the insensitivity in its content.
Universal Pictures, the studio producing 'Straight Outta Compton', also issued a statement about the casting call notice:
Universal Pictures and the filmmakers for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting notice. We regret and sincerely apologize for being in any way associated with the offensive descriptions it contained.