Originally Posted by thebland
So was the eventual casting a monetary decision, flaw in production or a racist decision?
Here's the thing: these are not mutually exclusive of course -- if it was projected revenues (monetary decision) weighed, we can speculate that they wanted international stars to promote publicity, or rather, we don't have to speculate -- the director said that is what financing hinged on. But curiously, there are internationally known Spanish actors with good box office going for them (Banderas, Cruz, Bardem among them), so why were these actors not used?
Could be for any number of reasons of course, but it raises an unanswered question. And if they initially tried to get Spanish actors -- let us agree that was solely for accuracy -- nevertheless, since they are auditioning only Spanish actors in the beginning, they are exercising racial exclusionism -- that is racism practiced for preserving accuracy. A non-racist process would have considered actors of any race, AND likely would have ended up being inaccurate.
When they went with another race, that was racist too, at least in my usage. And of course if they projected audiences would rather see people that look like them in the primary roles, this was a racist consideration, AND a monetary decision AND, I would submit, a major undermining of what seems to be a principal thrust of their production -- a flaw, if you will. So it may have been all those things.
But back to why I rented this movie -- it was mostly on the basis of your recommendation. Of course it had been on my radar with the tsunami scenes and all, that it might have some pretty wicked LFE in it -- albeit quite fleeting I was sure, so I was not really that inspired to rent until a week or so ago when I saw your thread here. I thought, well, thebland has a pretty adequate set-up, and he thinks this is killer, I'll rent. I rented, but was let down. So I was for the most part forced to be entertained by things other than LFE. I hate when that happens -- I mean, it usually does ALONG THE WAY of watching movies I pick mostly for LFE content, but without the smashing LFE...well, just not the same, what can I say?....
Then I watched the extras and the couples' nationality/race question arose in my mind...see what happens when the LFE doesn't rip my head off?