Roy Wood Jr. is not one to pick words, so the standup that takes a stand on racism in movies is certainly no surprise. The Daily Show correspondent watched his third hour-long stand-up comedy Central Comedy Central on Friday night, and one of the highlights from “Roy Wood Jr .: Imperfect Messenger” is the clip above, in which he highlighted an unrecognized form of ally in his mind: playing an extremely racist character in period pieces about the black struggle.
In a clip Comedy Central released ahead of the premiere on Friday, Wood Jr. addressed. to actors who have taken on extremely racist roles, saying that their impact on people is extremely underestimated.
“Because here’s the thing, if you’re going to have a Black struggle movie and you want to tell the truth, that means you have to show some heinous shit that’s going on,” Wood Jr. said. “And to show disgusting shit that happens, that means you have to have white actors who are horrible on camera. You have to have it.
Wood Jr. said he has met some of these actors, whom he calls “normal white boys,” who must “go on the set and just turn on the racism.”
“You’re going to tell my people’s story the right way, every now and then you need a white actor who’s a disgusting mother f * cker on that camera,” Wood Jr. said. with reference to Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance. in Django Unchained as evidence.
“Leonardo DiCaprio turned into that movie,” Wood Jr. said. “It was one of the bravest white allies I’ve ever seen in my life.”
They love to say that Tom Cuise does all his own stunts, ”Wood said, describing some particularly unpleasant scenes from the film. “So does Leonardo DiCaprio.”
You can see the whole clip above.