ITALIANO wrote:Sabin wrote:He explores race.
which exactly explains why you are American and I am European.
Isn't this mainly a reality of where we are born, rather than state-of-mind? Granted, there is definitely a difference in culture but ultimately an actor's output should be judged by results rather than by the individual's background. Sidney Poitier isn't a legend in acting only because he is black, but because he memorably explored racial tensions of his time through his performances. If he was not a good actor, his performances would not be remembered so well. He would simply be a footnote as a black actor during the Civil Rights era. I think it does a disservice to both the actor and the viewer to focus only on the racial aspect. Obviously, how audiences react to any actor has a subjective element to it but I think Denzel Washington has earned some level of respect for the work he has done. I don't think he has been popular in America because he is black but because he has been successful in reaching his audience, which is diverse and has followed him for many years.