Memo to JJ Abrams
Dear Mr Abrams
2- This is a deal breaker when it comes to parting with my cinema money. No CGI sets, please build real sets that actors can walk around in. It was a nice try by Lucas but let’s face it, it was shit. The actors couldn’t act properly and the film was flat. How’s that for Dolly Parton-esque lyrics! Look at Peter Jackson, he built sets that people can touch and you can too and as you are shooting in the UK you have a thousand unemployed carpenters begging to work. Remember, George Lucas sold the farm to Disney so you don’t really have to listen to him anymore about this green screen crap. By all means kiss the ring but he starts talking digital just mention Tron’s box office.
3- Return the fun back like the first three films, the 70’s chic and rebellious and witty attitude. Also try to include the incest three way love angle as it was rather funny.
4- As much as Simon Pegg is brilliant try to vary your ensemble cast by using Johnny Vegas as an alcoholic Wookie… much hilarity will ensue.
There are more but this is a start….
Remember, I saw the original series as a kid and it blew me away, I saw the next three as an adult and it wasn’t the same. Think about my kids, they will be 4 when they see your film and I want them to have the same exhilarating experience I had watching Star Wars. You don’t owe it to the very dead Walt Disney legacy but to the fans who like the simple things, great story, great action and a happy ending. The first three tapped into the inner child in all of us. The second three did not did not live up to the hype.
I know you will do a great job as you rebooted the Star Trek franchise to make me forget Star Trek 5. I actually paid money to see that in the cinema!
Finally I actually live a 28 minute drive from Pinewood so I can pop down for a proper chat if you want. All I need are Samosas.
Answer: They are immensely talented Black British actors who made their name in America when parts for them in Britain were (and still are) lacking.
I know what you are thinking, Mr Elba was in Luther but make no mistake, he made his name in The Wire and only after proving himself there, British Television gave him something meaty.
We now have David Oyelowo appearing in Jack Reacher and Lincoln. A talented guy who, for me, appeared in Shoot the Messenger, which was the last time the BBC tried it’s hand at controversial drama dealing with the black community. It was a great part for him but the Corporation since then has played it safe with ballroom dancing dramas starring 50-year-old white people. The kind of thing that wins Baftas!
Lastly we have Eamon Walker who starred in The Bill and, again, made his name in the States. Eamonn has been back but only as a star.
See a pattern emerging? Face it, there are no decent parts and if you want to get somewhere you have to cross the pond. This is a shame as we lose so much talent that can make British television great. Check their pre Hollywood IMDB credits and it’s one dimensional television shit-com parts.
Why is an Asian lad talking about black actors? Well, the issue of the lack of diversity goes across the board as we all suffer. Also reading that Lenny Henry commenting on the lack of black (and even Asian) actors nominated at this years Baftas shows a lack of commitment to break the trend.
Even Dev Patel scarpered to America for better parts and good on him. Who knows? If he came back what parts would be created for him? In the current climate, none. In fact an Indian actor i did a short film is looking to go to the States to make his name and honestly, i can’t blame him.
In fairness I am writing my own stuff and looking to get it made but if it doesn’t mean I am trying to ride on the coattails on Lenny Henry’s comments. I would simply like to see the schedules to be as diverse so there is programming much like American television. That would be nice.