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Thandiwe Newton apologises to ‘darker-skinned actresses’ for not representing them

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Thandiwe Newton has said she wants to “apologise every day to darker-skinned actresses” for not representing them.

Her new film, God’s Country, has been adapted from a short story by James Lee Burke – but has swapped the lead character from an older white man into a black woman.

It centres on a grieving professor (Newton) who confronts two white hunters she catches on her property.

Thandiwe Newton, a cast member in ...Reminiscence,... poses at the premiere of the film, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
God’s Country debuted at the Sundance film festival. Pic: AP

Talking about the film, Newton said though the role allowed her to heal as a black woman, she hesitated taking it because she did not think she was “dark-skinned” enough for the role.

“My internalised prejudice was stopping me from feeling like I could play this role when it’s precisely that prejudice that I’ve received,” she said. javascript:”

“Doesn’t matter that it’s from African-American women more than anyone else, doesn’t matter. I received prejudice. Anyone who’s received oppression and prejudice feels this character.”

Thandiwe Newton has said she wants to "apologise every day to darker-skinned actresses" for not representing them.
Newton hesitated taking the job because of her concerns

Getting emotional, she added that she “wanted to apologise every day to darker-skinned actresses”.



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