Dwayne Johnson receives flak for casting himself as dark-skinned African-American folklore legend John Henry
The 'Rampage' actor wrote on his post that he is happy to be playing the character of his childhood hero.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, is getting slammed for casting himself as an African-American folklore legend in an upcoming Netflix film which he happens to be producing as well. On Tuesday, the actor took to Instagram and posted a teaser for 'John Henry and the Statesmen'. Henry is an African-American folk hero who raced against a steam machine and won. He ended giving up his own life in the process.
The 'Rampage' actor wrote on his post that he is happy to be playing the character of his childhood hero. "Inspired to bring to life one of my childhood heroes, John Henry, in JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN. In this movie, I’ll lead an ensemble of the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world..." his post read.
Jake Kasdan who also worked with Johnson on 'Jumanji' will be directing the movie. Apart from starring in the movie, Johnson will also produce the film along with Kasdan, and Seven Bucks Productions' Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo.
After seeing this, social media users did not hold back from expressing what they felt about Johnson's casting. They pointed out that Henry is portrayed in folklore as a dark-skinned black man and Johnson being of mixed race is not the most eligible character to star as Henry. Though he has played black, white and a Pacific Islander character in the past. Some even accused him of playing his black heritage when he found it convenient.
Is he playing John Henry? Like he's ready to claim his blackness for a minute because it's convenient? https://t.co/JBHtZRznb4— 🎃 🦇 🧛🏾♀️ 𝓑𝕝ᵉ𝒆𝐃 丨ᶰ ς𝓞𝕃𝑜ⓊŘ 🧛🏾♀️🦇 🎃 (@ReadInColour) October 9, 2018
Y'all I love the Dwayne Johnson but him playing John Henry has me in my feelings ... not in a good way— What can you add to me? 🇹🇹 (@BlkGrlsDontDate) October 9, 2018
John Henry has always been depicted as dark-skinned but o k a y https://t.co/48Gq5KG9Vr— Ira (@ira) October 9, 2018
The dark skinned John Henry of Black folklore? (A double jab)— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) October 9, 2018
Yeah that’s a no https://t.co/l2tB9rKy3L
The Rock as John Henry...🧐🧐🧐— Anathema BYOD (@CharlesPulliam) October 9, 2018