Radcliffe Calls For Somali Co-stars
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.