Suddenly 'Noah,' starring Russell Crowe, is only 11 seconds long.
Dylan Marron is an actor and director. He's Venezuelan-American and has also been told pretty much from the outset that there weren't going to be a lot of parts for his "type," especially romantic lead roles. His frustration with the entertainment industry's inability to write parts for people of color has found one channel that's one parts funny, three parts sad, but overall very interesting! He has been editing popular movies down to just lines spoken by people of color, and guess what? That makes them very short.
It can also be pretty damning to see what sort of lines people of color get to say in popular films. Marron talked to :
"In the series I'm really just exposing this issue. I'm not really adding commentary to it. I think that's what's so interesting. You get YouTube commenters who just vehemently disagree with you, and the way that I'm editing these videos is... there's no embellishment and there's no comment. And to see the anger this incites is interesting.
"People take such offense to being called racists, and they get so defensive. The interesting thing is, I don't intend to call any one person racist. We have such a difficult time as a society, on a global conversation level, of talking about a system of racism. We're so intent upon blaming individual people and pinning racism to one person, when it's a systemic problem. This isn't a fault of these individual directors, but the whole structure they are part of."
Ideas like this make the insidious aspects of cultural privilege clear in an engaging and startling way. The videos are also pretty hypnotizing, as you wait to see the decontextualized lines pop out. It's also probably the closest I'll ever get to sitting through Frances Ha.
Hmm, Into the Woods. You're a fantasy movie, you can cast anyone! If you'd like to see more, check out the full series on YouTube.