'The Harder They Fall' director responds to casting criticism, saying he's not making 'a biopic'
- Netflix's "
The Harder They Fall" is a Western movie featuring an all-Black cast.
- Critics say there is an issue with colorism in the film's casting of Stagecoach Mary.
- Director Jeymes Samuel says critics are making a "beautiful point," but it's not "a biopic."
Netflix's "The Harder They Fall" is one of the first Western movies featuring an all-Black cast. But the film has drawing criticism for its casting as people raised concerns about colorism in Hollywood.
As previously reported by Insider's Zac Ntim, critics have been questioning whether it was appropriate for actor
During a recent press junket, Insider spoke with director and writer Jeymes Samuel about how people "pulled that particular point without having seen the movie." When asked what the director would say to critics, Samuel started with gratitude.
"I tell them thank you," he said. "They're not complaining - they are making a point, right? And it's a beautiful point. They make it well. I would say to them: I'm not making a biopic."
Samuel then spoke about how a majority of the characters in the Netflix movie didn't know each other in real life, nor do they resemble the actors playing them.
"I would point out that the real Rufus Buck died at 18 years old and was fair-skinned," he said. "The real Cherokee Bill was a cross between Native American and Black. He had white in him - he could pass as white. We see he doesn't look anything like LaKeith. The real Nat Love didn't know Stagecoach Mary. The real Stagecoach Mary didn't know Cherokee Bill, the real Cherokee Bill didn't know Rufus - it's a fictional story."
Samuel reiterated that he's not upset with critics.
"It's a beautiful thing because they are doing exactly what I wanted everyone to do for years - bring up images of these people and go 'Look, here's the real thing!'" he said. "Here's the real person. We existed!"
"The Harder They Fall," which also stars Idris Elba, Deon Cole, and LaKeith Steinfeld, premieres in theaters on October 22 and on Netflix November 7.
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