Radcliffe Calls For Somali Co-stars

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has called on the producers of his upcoming movie about Somalia to cast actors from the African country to keep the project authentic.
The 20 year old is preparing to film The Journey Is The Destination, in which he will play Dan Eldon, the British photojournalist whose work brought global attention to the Somali civil war in the 1990s.
And he's hoping the movie's casting directors will maintain respect for the country by hiring actors of the correct ethnicity.
He tells Empire magazine, "I don't want to do that horrible Black Hawk Down thing of filming in one part of Africa and then casting actors from a completely different area and doing that awful, 'Oh, they look the same, no one will notice the difference.'
"It's this form of very subtle racism that seems to happen sometimes and it's horrible. So I'd hope we can get extras who are Somalian (sic), rather than from South Africa or Zimbabwe, for example."
Ridley Scott's 2001 war movie Black Hawk Down came under fire for failing to feature Somali actors despite the fact it focused on a battle that occurred in the African country.


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Hello Radcliffe, i am Somali guy of 24 yrs old.. i would like to act of your film The Journey Is The Destination.. you can contact me dis email Ahmedgedo@hotmail.com thanks
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I support your idea that you are employing somali native actors and i see you got lessons the horrible past movies. lucky you man you got the idea and Somalis around you i hope that flim be hit and classic. anyhow we are here for you and good luck.
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Hi it's me again. The big reason that i'm commenting again is that i've seen a scene from Black Hawk Down as you know the peaple who were acting that movie were not Somalis absolutely different appearance, physical and the language so a guy in the film was trying to say in somali " this guy is wanted by Genaral Mohamed Aydin" then he said something weird. so i recommend that the acting indivituals become Somalis and scene place some where in Somalia, such as Puntland, Soamliland or Djabuti I wish to work with you.sharaafad@yahoo.com
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that is fantastic.the actor need really somalia poeple not fake poeple like movie of black hawk dowan..but i hope he wont make the movie in somalia becouse is not safe there.if he make the movie he should go dijoubti is close to the somalia they do speak somalia but differen accent.I'm female from somalia and i live in usa and i love to be part in this movie but i dont know where to goo.it just dream everyone likes to be actor or actress.i hope he got really somalia actors
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Yes, it is great idea about this film. And it is not all true and hope he will mention the positive side of Somalia and not the chaos and war...For your information, although Somalia faced 19 yrs old war, but Somalia has a more developed communication, as it is the first Arab world country that used Mobiles... somalia is also sanctioned in directly, no embassies and no visa issuing authorities but still managed to reach the corners of the whole world though thousands paid their lives through their journey or when they reached...Hope the film will also touch the deep roots or the cause of the Somalia problem and some solutions.May this reach Clif
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were any one of you's replied to?
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Hi my name Noor Hussein, Iam from somalia and intersted to join the acting film. am the director of Eastern African Media, I have expreice for how to producer, edit, I have just finish how to edit using a final cut pro. am 19 years old, i live in seattle,WA. so please gave me the chance if u are interested me to act or film. husseinnoor81@gmail.com
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hello i am a somali/swiss boy currently living in the UK.i am very interessted in this role..what i would like to know is, how can I contact the agency for an interview.thank you..
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I like Dan but I wish he would stay out of Somalia.It's too dangerous for anyone to go there.
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hey im somali, and i'd love to work with DANIEL RADCLIFFE...and i would to know how can i contact with him/stuff
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