The Bankable Hollywood Male: A Critical Misunderstanding


What Shih Said

Actor Krasinski arrives for the screening of the film 'Promised Land' at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in BerlinThe following post refers to writer, director and actor John Krasinski’s recent comments about diversity in Hollywood.

I preface by stating that I appreciate John’s response here. He is saying the right things, and that demonstrates a generational evolution in the industry, especially when you consider what Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling have recently added to the conversation.

While I appreciate John’s words, I also think his career has contributed to, and stemmed from, the problem itself. This includes, but is not limited to, his most recent effort with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. There’s something to be said for the tremendous amount of privilege he wears as he walks through this industry – not to mention this world. Somehow, Hollywood keeps greenlighting his projects, even though they fail to turn a profit (feel free to look up box office results for Aloha, Promised Land,

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