The upcoming movie “Black Panther” has had everybody talking, but actor Wesley Snipes insists it was a much different story 20 years ago.
Snipes, 55, who has starred in the likes of “Demolition Man” and “White Men Can’t Jump”, admitted he tried to create a similar movie back in the 1990s.
He told Variety: “We thought it would be something very cool and atypical for a Marvel comic-book character.
“Something that would appeal to white people, black people, Asian people, and have some martial arts in it. It would have been a culturally diverse s**thole,” he added, seemingly taking a jab at Donald Trump. “At the time, there were no templates for it.”
The much-talked-about flick, which hits theatres February 13, stars Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, along with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Oscar-nominated Daniel Kaluuya.
Boseman, 41, said of his costume, “It was suffocating. Literally, it closed off every possibility of air getting to you. I was in it, put the mask on. I said, ‘Hey, you got to get me out of this!’ I think it begins to feel like skin after a while. But it takes time to get to that place.”
The cast also spoke about a major studio finally being able to create a black superhero movie with an African-American director (Ryan Coogler) and a primarily black cast.
“Representation matters,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, which owns Marvel. “It’s a powerful and important thing for people to know they are seen and to see themselves reflected in our films and the stories we tell.”
Horn added that he believes that “Black Panther” is part of a wave of change. “In terms of gender diversity, we’ve done very well,” he continued. “When it comes to diversity reflecting colour and ethnicity, I’d say yes, you will see more.”