Marlon Wayans: Hollywood is money driven not racist

Marlon Wayans thinks Hollywood isn’t black or white, but “green”.

Marlon Wayans/Splash News

Marlon Wayans/Splash News

The 42-year-old comedic actor – who plays Christian Black in the upcoming spoof film ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ alongside Jane Seymour – believes the furore over the lack diversity in the Oscars nominations list this year wasn’t caused by institutionalised racism in the Academy but was rather an issue of a lack of cash flow towards movies with black actors in them.

The ‘White Chicks’ star said: “The bigger issue is with us making more diverse movies. But there’s also a responsibility on filmmakers of colour. We need to be making more of these films on epic scales in order to be considered for Oscars. Then it’s on the audiences to go out and support the movies. Hollywood’s not black and white, it’s green.”

What’s more, Marlon thinks if Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio was African/American his film ‘The Revenant’ – which earned him the Best Actor Oscar and was directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Inárritu – would have been limited by the available budget.

He told The Guardian newspaper: “‘The Revenant’ cost a lot of money. That production would have been shut down so quickly if it was a black film, ‘Put somebody in a bear costume! Put Larry in a bear costume and let him do what he got to do! We’ll just film it with a soft lens.’ “

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