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Angelina Jolie in AlexanderA few weeks back we ran a story on the strong rumour that Angelina Jolie was set to play Cleopatra in a new movie biopic. Well, rumour or not, the story has already kicked up a meaty race debate with US magazine Essence finding Jolie's proposed role an 'insult' claiming that the actress is "too white" to play the famous Egyptian queen.

Essence stated the following in a recent article: 'Honestly, I don't care how full Angelina Jolie's lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman. Were Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry and Thandie Newton unavailable for auditions that day?'

Find out more after the jump... Angelina Jolie in AlexanderA few weeks back we ran a story on the strong rumour that Angelina Jolie was set to play Cleopatra in a new movie biopic. Well, rumour or not, the story has already kicked up a meaty race debate with US magazine Essence finding Jolie's proposed role an 'insult' claiming that the actress is "too white" to play the famous Egyptian queen.

Essence stated the following in a recent article: 'Honestly, I don't care how full Angelina Jolie's lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman. Were Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry and Thandie Newton unavailable for auditions that day?'

The article goes on to point out that Jolie would be the fourth 'white' actress to play Cleopatra - beginning with Claudette Colbert in 1934, Vivien Leigh in 1945 and Elizabeth Taylor in 1963 - which makes the announcement 'all the more comical'.

Meanwhile, another argument reveals another reason why Jolie may not be the ideal actress to play the role of Cleopatra. Historians, who studied relics from her reign, suggest she was "short, fat and homely," while coins discovered from that period also indicate she had a pointy chin, thin lips and a hooked nose.

Hmmm, forget Jolie... somebody call Danny DeVito!