The cast of Disney film Into the Woods all has something in common. Photos via.
So often, I get to the end of a movie and then think, “Yep. That film was entirely white people.”
Actor and writer Dylan Marron is doing a project that helps make the lack of people of color on-screen clear: He’s editing down Hollywood films to be just lines spoken by people of color. Often, the resulting videos wind up being 10-60 seconds long.
Marron’s cut of Her, for example, is just 46 seconds long.
His cut of The Fault in Our Stars is 41 seconds and includes only one actress.
Meanwhile, Moonrise Kingdom and Into the Woods clock in at 10 seconds.
The videos, posted on the Tumblr Every Single Word, speak to a problem that’s well-known and documented, though rarely in such a striking way. In 2013, the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism analyzed speaking roles in 500 top-grossing films released from 2007 to 2012. All together, the study looked at 20,000 characters. The results are clear: whiteness dominates the screen. Roughly 75 percent of all speaking characters are white—only 10.8 percent of speaking characters are Black, 4.2 percent are Hispanic, 5 percent are Asian, and 3.6 percent are from other (or mixed race) ethnicities. Clearly, Hollywood is missing the mark here—and they’re also ignoring audience demographics. While only 25 percent of speaking roles go to people of color, 44 percent of movie tickets in the US are bought by people of color.
h/t to The Mary Sue