Zoe Kravitz Was Too 'Urban' for Batman

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Zoe Kravitz Was Too 'Urban' for Batman

The actress was shut down to audition for The Dark Knight Rises.

Published July 13, 2015

Zoe Kravitz is one of the most exciting young actresses in Hollywood, with interesting roles and an A-list pedigree, but apparently that wasn't good enough for the producers of The Dark Knight Rises. The starlet tells NYLON magazine that she was denied a chance to audition for the blockbuster epic because she's Black.

“In the last Batman movie, they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ’going urban,'” she told the mag. “It was like, ’What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ’Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?'”
Though stories like that undoubtedly leave us feeling there is a lot of work to be done in Hollywood when it comes to diversity, Kravitz insists that not all producers are so short-sighted.

She added that her role in Jodie Foster’s The Brave One was “written for a white Russian girl,” but offered to her. “I don’t want to play everyone’s best friend. I don’t want to play the role of a girl struggling in the ghetto,” she said.

Click here for more on Zoe's NYLON cover story and watch her on 106 & Park below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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