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  •  Duane Jones wasn't cast because he was black. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've heard several interviews with Romero, and he's repeatedly stated that the reason Jones was cast as the lead was because he was the best actor Romero knew, and that the subsequent racial undertones to the film were entirely accidental, at least in the sense that they were not intended or planned.  It was a low budget horror movie, and casting options were limited, and Romero felt that Jones was the only actor he had who could sustain the lead role.  But the part was not written for a black man.  

    We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

    by Jbearlaw on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:23:05 AM PST

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    •  Interview w/Romero. (1+ / 0-)
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      Just thought I would back the point up with a link and a quote:  

      Far from Jones's casting being a comment on the divisive issue of race in America, he was chosen simply because he was "the best actor from among our friends", Romero says.

      But then, as Romero and his producer were driving the film to New York in search of a distributor, news came over the radio that Martin Luther King had been assassinated. "So all of a sudden the idea that Duane was black gave the film much more weight. But we certainly weren't consciously thinking about that. So a lot of the analysis that I have seen written about the film is, I think, a bit overblown."

      source.  

      We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

      by Jbearlaw on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:14:37 AM PST

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