The HBO show, out August 21, already has a far more diverse cast than its predecessor “Thrones,” but social media backlash to casting Black actors has plagued the series ahead of its premiere. Lead star Steve Toussaint said he endured racist messages from so-called fans upon his casting announcement.
“I didn’t realize [the casting] was a big deal until I was racially abused on social media,” Toussaint told The Hollywood Reporter. “Yeah, that shit happened. I was just like, ‘Oh wow,’ and then I thought, ‘OK, so this means a lot to some people, but I can’t allow that to bother me.’”
Toussaint further remarked that while the realm of “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy, “it still has to reflect a world.”
“I loved ‘Game of Thrones,’ but my only caveat was, ‘Where’s everybody else in this world?’” the “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” alum added. “Because it’s a diverse world [George R.R.] Martin has created if you look [beyond Westeros], and I think this show comes closer to that.”
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SOURCE: IndieWire, Samantha Bergeson