Bullshit Movie Rumor: Will Smith as Captain America (OFFICIALLY DEBUNKED)

Derek Luke is an actor who is “hearing” things that aren’t true. Either that, or he’s listening to fans of Will Smith who have never read the comic books, and couldn’t possibly “get” that yeah, even Hollywood wouldn’t dare turn Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, into a black guy and let Will Smith play him. Because, frankly, it worked so well when they let Smith played Jim West in the big-screen version of “The Wild Wild West”. Yes, that’s right, Hollywood, it makes perfect sense that a black guy is running around 19th century America, in the SOUTH, no less, and every law enforcement trusts him, including the President, because people back then were just sooooo open-minded. What bullshit.

So what’s this about Will Smith playing Captain America? Well, Derek Luke, while doing promo rounds for Spike Lee’s “The Miracle of St. Anna”, mentioned that someone had told him that Will Smith had been offered the role. He tells MTV:

“I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America,’” said Luke, adding that the intriguing casting rumor “just shows you how times have changed.”

Times may have changed, buckaroo, but they haven’t changed THAT much. Captain America has to be a white guy, because Captain America was a scrawny white kid who volunteered to undergo a dangerous experiment in order to fight the Nazis in World War II. Yeah, a black scrawny kid from Brooklyn gets turned into a black Captain America, and they’re going to send him off to fight the Nazis, and all the white American soldiers in the trenches and the ones at home will magically fall in love with him. You mind as well change the title of the movie to “Captain America in Fairytale Land” if that’s the case.

As part of their article, MTV referenced the changing of Nick Fury from a white dude to a black guy ala Samuel L. Jackson. That’s true, but there is a world of difference between Nick Fury and Captain America. Trust me. There just is.

When Captain America does eventually get cast, he’ll be played by a white guy with blue eyes and (probably dyed) blond hair. To do otherwise would be spitting on the character, and Marvel, who will be making the movie, has more sense than that.

Right?

Update

Well, it didn’t take long before I stumbled across this AICN article that officially debunks the rumor:

Multiple sources from MARVEL have confirmed that Derek Luke, of Spike Lee’s MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to Will Smith and CAPTAIN AMERICA. Marvel never offered the part, nor did they approach or entertain a conversation about Will Smith for CAPTAIN AMERICA. That said – I’m sure they have a few parts that they’d like him for, just not Captain America.

So there ya go. They haven’t gone insane and we don’t need to be confused, angry and scared about it anymore.

Stupid Derek Luke. You sucked in “Biker Boyz”.

Below: Watch out, Derek Luke, Cap is coming for your ass…

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  • http://myspace.com/jaymattbri JASON

    will smith is a damned good actor and stan lee himself said he would like to see will smith play the part. i think some of you people that work for this site are a group of assholes that base thinks on race 1st and talent second. so im here to officially inform you that you are all pretty fucking stupid and you need to get a fucking life!! backwards racist pieces of moose shit! all of you behave like puppets, you’re all motivated by someone else with their hands up your asses!

    • mike

      It is not racist to say Cap’n USA should be a white guy… HE IS A WHITE GUY!!!!! HE ALWAYS HAS BEEN!!!!! Michael Clark Duncan is a fine actor, but should not have played Kingpin because KINGPIN IS A FAT, FAT WHITE GUY!!!!!!! HE WAS NEVER A BODYBUILDING BLACK GUY!!!!!

    • http://www.yahoo.com/ Brian

      Hey Dipshit do some damn research before shooting your mouthoff. If you need a better explination read the -BJJ- post below yours.

  • http://myspace.com/jaymattbri JASON

    will smith is a damned good actor and stan lee himself said he would like to see will smith play the part. i think some of you people that work for this site are a group of assholes that base thinks on race 1st and talent second. so im here to officially inform you that you are all pretty fucking stupid and you need to get a fucking life!! backwards racist pieces of moose shit! all of you behave like puppets, you’re all motivated by someone else with their hands up your asses!

    • mike

      It is not racist to say Cap’n USA should be a white guy… HE IS A WHITE GUY!!!!! HE ALWAYS HAS BEEN!!!!! Michael Clark Duncan is a fine actor, but should not have played Kingpin because KINGPIN IS A FAT, FAT WHITE GUY!!!!!!! HE WAS NEVER A BODYBUILDING BLACK GUY!!!!!

    • http://www.yahoo.com Brian

      Hey Dipshit do some damn research before shooting your mouthoff. If you need a better explination read the -BJJ- post below yours.

  • Tim

    I agree with Jason, Will Smith is a good actor. I have read the comics, and ya i know that making Will Smith would change the original story, but honestly what comic book movie hasn’t changed something from the comics. Honestly, I think that Will Smith would make an awesome Cap.

  • Tim

    I agree with Jason, Will Smith is a good actor. I have read the comics, and ya i know that making Will Smith would change the original story, but honestly what comic book movie hasn’t changed something from the comics. Honestly, I think that Will Smith would make an awesome Cap.

  • speedy55

    yea man its time for a change….. havent you peopl heardof barack obama….. if we can have a blackpresident then we can have a black captain america

    • mike

      Well, Black, Black, Blackety, BLACK!!!! Just because we have a black president (whom I greatly admire), doesn’t mean we have to systematically turn everything else black, too. There are several other races in the world to consider.

  • speedy55

    yea man its time for a change….. havent you peopl heardof barack obama….. if we can have a blackpresident then we can have a black captain america

    • mike

      Well, Black, Black, Blackety, BLACK!!!! Just because we have a black president (whom I greatly admire), doesn’t mean we have to systematically turn everything else black, too. There are several other races in the world to consider.

  • Oz

    Absolutely true! It just goes to show that times are changing. Heck, I think it’s freakin’ awesome that Harrison Ford is going to be playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming movie “King”.

    • Liara

      Real life example: last I’ve heard, most of the cast of “Avatar” were slated to be white actors and actresses. WTF, right? I mean, they could get away with Aang being played by a white actor even though he should be Tiebetan because he’s paler than most of the other characters and bald throughout most of the action (and therefore easily recognizable either way). But for Katara and Sokka… okay, if they can’t find actual Inuit actors to play the parts (culture I believe the Water Tribe was based on), they could’ve at least half-assed it and tried to find native American actors or something. Also, why is Zuko Indian now?

    • mike

      You are my hero!!

  • Oz

    Absolutely true! It just goes to show that times are changing. Heck, I think it’s freakin’ awesome that Harrison Ford is going to be playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming movie “King”.

    • Liara

      Real life example: last I’ve heard, most of the cast of “Avatar” were slated to be white actors and actresses. WTF, right? I mean, they could get away with Aang being played by a white actor even though he should be Tiebetan because he’s paler than most of the other characters and bald throughout most of the action (and therefore easily recognizable either way). But for Katara and Sokka… okay, if they can’t find actual Inuit actors to play the parts (culture I believe the Water Tribe was based on), they could’ve at least half-assed it and tried to find native American actors or something. Also, why is Zuko Indian now?

    • mike

      You are my hero!!

  • Liara

    Will Smith is a damned good actor, but casting him as Captain America just isn’t feasible. He’s supposed to be a white guy, preferably with blond hair and blue eyes, because it’s so ironic when he fights the Nazis. Like… “Here’s your Aryan Ubersmench… in your face! *POW!!*” (paraphrased from… Scans Daily, I believe)

    Now, this superhero comparison is slightly obscure-ish, but… casting a black man to play Captain America is like casting a white man to play Static. (Or more specific and better known – would you cast Angelina Jolie to play Storm in an X-Men movie? I think not.) There is absolutely nothing wrong with the actor in question, but it just doesn’t work to cast him for that specific part. With other characters, you can be more flexible; a black Nick Fury works just as well as a white one, but there are some where changing their appearance dramatically, including – but not limited to – switching their race from previously published media, just simply doesn’t work.

    • http://DelusionWhitePeople.com/ Peter

      Hey I’m white but I totally agree it should not be based on race but talent. What would be more in your face to a Nazi than seeing a black man come in and foil all of there “superior” plans. Let’s face it, the only reason why white people are still in charge in the world is because we were more ruthless and barbaric in ancient times which led us to be in charge of all of the governing institutions (churches included). I live around a bunch of white bafoons who believe that they deserve the best simply because they are white rather than their efforts. It’s become the white American attitude for whites to think they deserve or are entitled to things just because they are white. Just look a all of the white factory workers. WTF! How is it that white people who have been in this country for 100′s of years are doing factory work! And they want to get paid $28.00 an hour from GM or Chrysler when other foreign companies pay half or less for the same job and put out a better product.
      Then you see a hard working Mexican or Haitian come into this country and own there own business or become a Doctor in one generations time. White people need to start using their brains again and stop thinking that they deserve shit because we don’t. We need to work for it! So get a grip on reality and stop living in your delusional “superior” white world when you’re really just mentally ill!
      If white men were allowed to play the role of Indians, Asians and Blacks why can’t Captain America be black!

      • Oz

        Never said that whites are superior hoss. I’m only half white myself. We do indeed need to work for what we get, and so do any other races out there. Heck, I’ve busted my tail putting in consistent 90+ hour weeks to build up my bookstores. There isn’t any particular race that builds the success that you’re talking about in a short time, all are capable…including whites.

        But I still feel that it’s beneficial for actors to be the race of the character they are portraying. And yes, it did/does tick me off when white men play the roles of Indians, Asians, and Blacks. Why can’t Captain America be black? Truthfully, he could have been, but he wasn’t written that way. It’s not about prejudices (at least it shouldn’t be), but rather about being true to source material. I would be just as disappointed to see Storm, Luke Cage, or even Static (as mentioned earlier in the thread) as white.

  • Liara

    Will Smith is a damned good actor, but casting him as Captain America just isn’t feasible. He’s supposed to be a white guy, preferably with blond hair and blue eyes, because it’s so ironic when he fights the Nazis. Like… “Here’s your Aryan Ubersmench… in your face! *POW!!*” (paraphrased from… Scans Daily, I believe)

    Now, this superhero comparison is slightly obscure-ish, but… casting a black man to play Captain America is like casting a white man to play Static. (Or more specific and better known – would you cast Angelina Jolie to play Storm in an X-Men movie? I think not.) There is absolutely nothing wrong with the actor in question, but it just doesn’t work to cast him for that specific part. With other characters, you can be more flexible; a black Nick Fury works just as well as a white one, but there are some where changing their appearance dramatically, including – but not limited to – switching their race from previously published media, just simply doesn’t work.

    • http://DelusionWhitePeople.com Peter

      Hey I’m white but I totally agree it should not be based on race but talent. What would be more in your face to a Nazi than seeing a black man come in and foil all of there “superior” plans. Let’s face it, the only reason why white people are still in charge in the world is because we were more ruthless and barbaric in ancient times which led us to be in charge of all of the governing institutions (churches included). I live around a bunch of white bafoons who believe that they deserve the best simply because they are white rather than their efforts. It’s become the white American attitude for whites to think they deserve or are entitled to things just because they are white. Just look a all of the white factory workers. WTF! How is it that white people who have been in this country for 100′s of years are doing factory work! And they want to get paid $28.00 an hour from GM or Chrysler when other foreign companies pay half or less for the same job and put out a better product.
      Then you see a hard working Mexican or Haitian come into this country and own there own business or become a Doctor in one generations time. White people need to start using their brains again and stop thinking that they deserve shit because we don’t. We need to work for it! So get a grip on reality and stop living in your delusional “superior” white world when you’re really just mentally ill!
      If white men were allowed to play the role of Indians, Asians and Blacks why can’t Captain America be black!

      • Oz

        Never said that whites are superior hoss. I’m only half white myself. We do indeed need to work for what we get, and so do any other races out there. Heck, I’ve busted my tail putting in consistent 90+ hour weeks to build up my bookstores. There isn’t any particular race that builds the success that you’re talking about in a short time, all are capable…including whites.

        But I still feel that it’s beneficial for actors to be the race of the character they are portraying. And yes, it did/does tick me off when white men play the roles of Indians, Asians, and Blacks. Why can’t Captain America be black? Truthfully, he could have been, but he wasn’t written that way. It’s not about prejudices (at least it shouldn’t be), but rather about being true to source material. I would be just as disappointed to see Storm, Luke Cage, or even Static (as mentioned earlier in the thread) as white.