But What Does It *Mean* To Have a Black Louis?

We have already determined that casting Jacob Anderson, a black dude (biracial if you want to be technical about it), as Louis in the forthcoming INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE series for AMC is not a case of “blind casting”. In blind casting, you can have a black actor performing the role of a white character. I’ve done that several times in my Theatre work. With the stage, it’s fairly common practice. The race of the player shouldn’t matter, unless it’s supposed to matter. (You wouldn’t cast any but a black woman in a play based on the life of Harriet Tubman, for example.) But we can assume that in this case the *character* of Louis is supposed to be black or biracial. What does that mean?

In the novel, Louis at one point had owned slaves. In point of fact, there *were* biracial slave owners. The question broached in this linked article is, how will this shake up the dynamic? Will this new Louis also have a history of owning slaves? It wouldn’t be historically inaccurate. How would a modern audience respond to a black slave owner, though? Or will the writers change that bit of Louis’s history? It would require considerable revision if they go that route, but it’s doable. Which path do you think they should take?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

2 comments

    1. Those examples you mentioned bothered me too. I suppose the reason this one doesn’t is because they’ve already done a *straight* adaptation of the novel, so I can look at this one as a “parallel time” version of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.

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