It really frustrates me how, when people want to argue against casting a person of color for a certain role, they always resort to “UM OKAY BUT CAN YOU FIND A NATIVE AMERICAN ACTRESS WHO HAS X Y AND Z PHYSICAL TRAITS??” and then it forces people to argue that, yes, natives can have green eyes or black people can have red hair etc etc
when really the natural eye color and hair color of the actress of color should be JUST as inconsequential as it is for a white actress because GUESS WHAT??? There are things such as 1) hair dye 2) wigs 3) colored contact lenses.
Like, I’m about 95 % sure that Jennifer Lawrence is wearing colored contact lenses AND a wig in the Hunger Games but nobody seems to care.
Like when it comes down to it, there are very few physical attributes you cannot/should not change via makeup or cgi—and those are predominately skin color & physical disabilities. Pretty much everything else can be, and almost always is changed.
Staging can change how tall a character seems. Actors can lose or gain weight or muscle as the character requires. Tattoos can be stenciled on. Body hair can be added or taken away. Padded bras or binders can be used. Hell, they REMOVED Ralph Fienne’s nose for Voldemort.
Wigs and colored contact lenses are two of THE MOST frequently utilized aspects of character costuming & make up and when you say something like “Annie can’t be black because black people don’t have red hair!!” what you’re really saying is that you think that people of color should be barred from playing characters unless they exactly match up with the physical description in a way that white people have never, and will never, be held to.