I think Lin-Manuel Miranda demonstrated pretty successfully in Hamilton that the thing that audiences appreciate most is a high-quality performance, not an exact match of ethnicity between actor and character.
I’ve seen interesting fact-based comparisons of the physical sizes of actor Tom Cruise (small) and character Jack Reacher (huge), but that didn’t seem to do much damage to the movie’s box office.
I find myself wondering if there’s a comparable report about Hollywood’s employment of people with disabilities. I don’t remember seeing many Michael Jordan biopics where the lead character was portrayed by someone in a wheelchair.
May 22, 2015