Actors Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis have opened up about being the only white actors on the set of blockbuster Black Panther, as they revealed they now realise how being the ethnic minority on a Hollywood movie lot feels.
The two, who play Everett K Ross and Ulysses Klaue, respectively, spoke about their experience on set during an interview with Radio Times, where they referenced their place as the only major white characters on a set populated by a black cast and crew.
Freeman told the publication: ‘Making the film, it’s not lost on you. You think, “Right, this is what black actors feel like all the time.” And Andy wasn’t there often, so I was like, “Oh yeah, I’m the white guy. And I’m the English white guy”.’
Serkis added: ‘[Director] Ryan Coogler said to me and Martin, “Guys, I have to tell you this, but this is the first scene I’ve directed with two white actors in it.” That’s an incredible perspective to find yourself in.’
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The Marvel flick focuses on T’Challa, the eponymous superhero and king of fictional African nation Wakanda and has got a sh*ttone of buzz surrounding it with reports it’s sold more advance tickets than any other superhero film.
Black Panther is released 12 February.
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