Marvel Wanted Black Panther To Have A British Accent
Black Panther got Best Picture nominations at the Golden Globes and the Oscars, proving that humanity has come a long way since the Dark Knight snub. And of course, Marvel almost ruined all of that with one simple change: having Wakandans talk like Harry Potter characters.
According to Chadwick Boseman, Marvel thought that it might be "too much for an audience to take" if his character, an African king/superhero wearing an indestructible cat suit, had an African accent when he was introduced in Captain America: Civil War. So they wanted him to have a British one. A nonagenarian fueled by steroids who meets a Nazi living inside a computer? Totally realistic. Aliens, gods, radiation-powered giants? Sure, why not. An African person who talks like an African person? Get outta town.
Walt Disney Studios"Wakanda Until It's Time For Tea, Cheerio!"
Boseman pointed out that if he had a British accent in Civil War, then what about when he went home? Would everyone else in Wakanda, a fiercely independent African nation that's never been colonized, inexplicably talk like they're in Downton Abbey too? In his own words, "What else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?" Right, like making him a white trust fund baby? Giving him a wisecracking sidekick? Adding nipples to his su- wait, that's been done.
O.J. Simpson Was Almost The Terminator
Movies often ask us to believe truly outrageous things that could never happen in real life. Like America's favorite NFL player, O.J. Simpson, being a remorseless killer. That was the genius idea Orion Pictures president Mike Medavoy had when he heard about a little project called The Terminator back in the early '80s. What made Medavoy think O.J., that big goofball, had it in him to play such a heavy role? He'd seen those Hertz commercials starring the player, and Simpson's incredible displays of athleticism convinced him that this was what a cyborg should look like in action. See for yourself: