A few months ago, Slate.com was recasting
"The Godfather," placing you know who in the place of those boring Sicilians
the movie was about.
Well, now Hollywood has again recast a black man in the role of the white hero, and again it is none other than Denzel Washington.
Having done a turn 10 years ago as Bennett Marco
, the hero Frank Sinatra played
in the original Manchurian Candidate
, Washington now returns to the screen as Robert McCall, better known as "The Equalizer
," a Special Forces badass who helps the helpless escape from the predations of other badasses. Of course, the original Equalizer
was the late actor Edward Woodward
, famous for his role in "Breaker Morant
." But that was in the 1980s.
One of these days, maybe we'll get a new version of "Shaft
," with, perhaps, Jason Stetham
starring as the famous black detective that would "risk his neck for his brother man.
" Can you dig it? Come to think of it. They did remake "Shaft"
... with Samuel L. Jackson in the starring role.