Tim Burton can imagine Johnny Depp with scissors for hands.
He also can bring to life a vision of Danny DeVito seemingly spliced with the DNA of a penguin.
In his latest film, an adaptation of the book “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” he creates a world in which a little girl has a mouth in the back of her head, another defies gravity and they all live in a house protected by a massive time loop.
But what the wild-haired director CANNOT imagine is more Black folk in his projects…save for everybody’s favorite exception, Samuel L. Jackson, who appears in the aforementioned title as a villain.
In a recent interview with Bustle, Burton made the following very silly statement about onscreen diversity, according to the outlet.
“Nowadays, people are talking about it more,” the director opines. “Things either call for things, or they don’t. I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct, like, Okay, let’s have an Asian child and a black – I used to get more offended by that than just – I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, Okay, there should be more white people in these movies.”
Things either call for things, or they don’t?
Oh, you mean like calling for an entire cast of White folk in a movie about Egyptian gods or a very White Angelina Jolie casting herself as a bi-racial woman in A Mighty Heart? Or perhaps Ben Affleck’s decidedly White self starring as real-life (and non-White) CIA agent Tony Mendez to depict Mendez’s real-life story in Argo?
I dunno, but maybe we should sit out Burton’s latest and future projects until his storied imagination is vast enough to understand that in the world of fantasy, folks aren’t exactly looking for realism.
Right, Edward Scissorhands?