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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out
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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Idris Elba IS Heimdall
Idris Elba IS Heimdall

The Film: Thor (2011)

The actor: Towering TV star with talent to burn and enough natural authority to launch a monarchy.
The character: Towering Norse god with power to burn and enough natural authority to keep track of the whole Nine Realms at once.

Some bunch of racists called the “Council Of Conservative Citizens” (acronym is therefore CCC and not, as you might think, KKK; more on them here) got all up in arms when the magnificent Idris Elba was cast as the Gatekeeper to Asgard in Thor. These bigots said that Marvel had “declared war on Norse mythology” with “an insulting multi-cultural makeover” because “now mythological gods must be re-invented with black skin”. Never mind that Heimdall’s mate flies with the aid of a magical hammer, according to these idiots the part that really seems unbelieveable about these aliens-who-early-man-thought-were-Norse-gods is that one of them might have differently coloured skin.

Protestors preferred: Somebody Aryan. They didn’t seem to have much in the way of constructive suggestions.

The result: Idris Elba cancelled their apocalypse and proved so freakin’ awesome that he gets more to do in the sequel. Lu-thor! Racism smash!

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