Godsbody: Today’s News Yesterday!

So, “a casting director has been fired from The Hobbit after placing ads in New Zealand newspapers specifically calling for actors with ‘light skin tones’ and dismissing another actor by telling her she was ‘too dark’ to appear in the film.” The AV Club, God bless ’em, notes that “Peter Jackson’s production company released a statement clarifying that the casting director had acted totally alone, and that it had never made any explicit specifications that they should only be auditioning white people. All it ever did was make three Lord Of The Rings films without any black people.”

They should have listened. [Scroll down.]


  1. Wow, Godsbody had reams of interesting posts.

    Sorry I was so late to the party.

    I came, I liked, and then POOF! it was over.

  2. Southern Expat says

    Those were good times. But, like the Phoenix, he has risen from the ashes of Godsbody, bringing his "Today in…" with him.

    Matthew, is there a reason you don't have a search box on the old blog?

    I remembered that series from the first time around – most excellent.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    Like the cockroach, he may be driven from the pantry, only to take up residence under the sink…

    I don't know how to have search boxes.

    Thanks much!

  4. Rufus McCain says

    That African American Lord of the Rings series was a thing of genius.

  5. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks, Rufus. I had some help, but it did feel like inspiration.

  6. Rufus McCain says

    The group effort was part of the beauty of it.

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