Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oh No They Didn't: The Hunger Games Casting for 'Underfed' White Teenage Girls (Movieline) / The Newcomers (Wall Street Journal)

On a wide computer monitor is a website run by Breakdown Services, where Ms. Zane's staff has posted the single paragraph laying out the filmmakers' broad criteria for Katniss. She should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone "underfed but strong," and "naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness." Since the notice was posted two weeks ago, more than 1,600 resumes had been submitted for the role of Katniss. So far, 25 of these submissions had been moved to a "selected" heading for potential contenders.
I though underfed was a prerequisite for Hollywood?

In all seriousness, though, I don't see what the uproar is about. "The Hunger Games" - I've read the full trilogy and it is AMAZING - describe Katniss in general terms but her sister and mother are blonde. Not too many non-Causasian blondes out there as far as I know. As for the character being underfed, that also makes sense, since the area where Katniss lives is basically dying and there's never enough food. So again, what's the big deal? Sounds like some folks need to actually read the books before getting up-in-arms about things. But isn't that almost always the case? *Sigh*

Read the full Salon article here.
Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.

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