There's a whitewash in Hollywood, and then here it is – the studio executed that would be a good idea Jaulia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman … according to the writer of the new movie, Harriet.
Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard says the hilarious scene came down more than 25 years ago at a Tubman project ground meeting. Howard says the exec told him in the room … "This scenario is fantastic. Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman."
Roberts was widely regarded as America's sweetheart at the time, having starred in a series of hits such as "Celtic Magnolia", "Beautiful Woman" and "Pelican's Brief".
Howard said when someone told the studio that Tubman was black and Roberts shouldn't play the role, he responded … "It's been so long. Nobody knows the difference."
Fortunately, Hollywood's honor did not catch on and blinked ahead in 2019 … Howard's film about the legendary abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to the Subway Railway is finally in theaters.
Of course, the casting of the black British actress Cynthia Erivo was also criticized … because she's not an African American. I can't please everyone.
BTW – Howard is best known for another hit movie about race relations in America … "Remember the Titans."