Yesterday, I attended a screening of the sequel to Twilight
, the highly anticipated New Moon
, which is in theaters this Friday. Like most vampire movies, Black people are little to none, but there is one loc-headed vampire who was in the first and this new installment. Edi Gathegi
is vampire Laurent and in an interview with Black Voices the actor revealed he received backlash about his color from some Twilight
"There was actually some fan backlash when I got cast, because people didn't see Laurent being black. In the book, he's described at being olived-toned, and I decided to address the issue head on. I did an interview where I said, 'The character is described as olive-toned, but there are many patches of olives. Black olives anyone?' I think the fans responded to that, and they immediately gave me an open reception after the interview. I think that they did a great job in casting colorblind, because it makes it more accessible to many groups of people, and for African Americans to see me in the film, they know that they are being represented."
What a shame Edi had to justify his validity in a movie with an example of olives because some "fans" cried they wanted everyone pale and White. Furthermore, when is there racial strife among vampires? Aren't they soulless, but somehow sexual, bloodsuckers? Lawd...
Oh, and if you are wondering, the kid who has a serious brown tan, Taylor Lautner
(for a minute, I thought he was pulling a Jessica "Don't Call Me Latina" Alba
), is not Black or Latin. According to Wikipedia he is, "mostly Dutch, French, and German descent, and claims some Native American (specifically Ottawa and Potawatomi)." He got Indian in his family?!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for a full review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon