Lifted from a profile of Zoë Kravitz published in the most recent edition of Nylon magazine (she’s their August cover): “While Kravitz has had admirable success in this regard, there have been a few roles she’s lost because of her race, she says. “In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,'” she says. “It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?'”
Hilarious! Sad, but her response here is funny.
But, really, as she wonders, what exactly did “they” (whoever “they” are) mean in saying that they weren’t “going urban,” suggesting that her casting in whatever the role she wanted to audition for, would’ve “urbanized” the part? Of course it’s a rhetorical question, but I’d still really like to hear directly from “they,” if only so that I don’t just assume. In what ways did they expect that her casting would suddenly and dramatically change the character as written – especially considering that it was a peripheral role as Kravitz suggests? “‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?'” Is that what they expected her to bring to the part, if she was cast?
Kravitz didn’t mention what role she wanted to audition for, other than to say that it was a “small role,” but recalling all the key parts for women in the film (there weren’t exactly a lot of them, and I don’t think she was auditioning to be an extra in the movie), she probably wanted to be considered for the role of Catwoman’s pick-pocketing roommate, Jen, which was played by the very blonde and white Juno Temple.
“The Dark Knight Rises” was a shitty movie anyway (the absolute worst of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy), so you’re good Zoe. Besides, it’s not like she’s struggling for work, and she has been cast in other roles that weren’t necessarily written for women of color. As the Nylon magazine piece states: “On the other hand, there were certain films she never thought she’d land, like 2007’s ‘The Brave One,’ in which she appeared alongside Jodie Foster. “That part was written for a white Russian girl,” says Kravitz. “I auditioned, and they changed the role for me.” Toast the Knowing from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was another part she never thought she’d get. “It was the fourth movie I ever booked,” she says, her eyes wide. “I saw the trailer last summer and cried. It took a lot out of me. Being in such little clothing in the desert in a car for 12 hours a day – we all started to go a little crazy. But it was worth every second. I can’t believe I’m in it.”
Read the full Nylon profile here.