Richard Dreyfuss presents the Oscar for “Black Face”.
by Kay Post date: May 8, 2023
“They’re telling me I’ll never get a chance to play a black man?” he asks Richard Dreyfuss the new one the rules of diversity in Hollywood.
Richard Dreyfuss wants artistic freedom
The veteran actor, who has been in the business for more than 30 years, is finding it difficult to adjust to a life where people do something when they are offended. He criticized the diversity and admissions standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The equality of this makes you want to “puke”. Dreyfuss spoke the truth PBS’s “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.” He covered a wide range of topics including politics, education and a few moments in the industry.
But when it came to the Oscars, Dreyfuss was outraged! “It’s an art. As an artist, don’t let anyone tell me that I have to give in to the latest, most up-to-date idea of morality. What are we risking?” he said when asked about the new diversity inclusion.
Dreyfuss’s comments sounded like they didn’t care about the feelings of the “diverse” people who were offended by his difficult statement. “Do we risk hurting people’s feelings? This cannot be legislated,” he tells Hoover.
Let there be life; Life Says Richard Dreyfuss
The actor was adamant that there was no division. “You have to let life be life. I’m sorry, but I don’t think there is a minority or a majority in the country that should do that.”
The rules Dreyfuss is trying to avoid were introduced in 2020 during the pandemic. The rules focus on expanding diversity on screen and in representative positions such as department heads, which can provide industry access for these minorities to have a voice.
Based on Dreyfuss’s comments, it doesn’t seem like he wants to hear that. He even used the role of Laurence Oliver as blackface Othello as an example, because he was simply not deaf enough.
“He played a black man brilliantly. Are they telling me I’ll never get a chance to play a black man? he asked seriously. “Anyone else being told not to play (in The Merchant of Venice)? If they are not Jews. Are we crazy?”
Dreyfuss was so excited that he slammed the academy for the move. “It’s so condescending. He is so reckless and treats people like children.”
Richard Dreyfuss Sees a bunch of cowards
Dreyfuss appeared in films such as America Graffiti and Mr. Holland’s Opus, where he played the father of a child in one or more categories. His son was deaf in the movie! One of the rare times we see sign language on screen.
Having played such a role, Dreyfuss believes that putting minorities in the spotlight through the new rules is unwise.
“I think we are cowards. Republicans send their children to school hoping and praying that their children will return. Republicans and Democrats rush to send their children to school and pray for their children to come back, Democrats,” he explained with a nonsensical allusion.
Art is art though, guys.