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

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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…

Captain America

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  • BJJ

    Wow, you guys must not pay much attention to the source material. So many people get upset when they here things like ‘comic fans pissed over Will Smith/Cap rumors”. You bo-tards want to whine about racism even when it’s not there. The die-hard comic fans aren’t freaked out over some ‘black guy’ in their movie, they’re upset because it’s not true to the source material. Yes you can change Nick Fury, research the difference between the ultimate Fury (Sam’s) and the marvel ‘prime’ fury. Decades apart. You can acknowledge the influence of race without it being racist you damn brain farts. There was a black Captain America, it wasn’t Steve Rogers and he had a very different (and tragic) story. His name was Isaiah Bradley. This is were you see the difference race can make. Hell the big problem is Captain America has to be Steve Rogers just as much as Iron Man has to be Tony Stark, or Batman must be Bruce Wayne. The mantle can be passed eventually but these men are the ones that build the title. The ethics and driving force for good that was Steve Rogers is what made Captain America able to hang with and lead teammates that where so much more powerful. To change him to a black kid coming up in the WW2 generation would put him in the complex and burdened shoes of Isaiah Bradley. A Patriot non-the-less but not the character marvel published for nearly 70 years. Basically to make Steve Rogers (mandatory lead character) black in a time of such racial segragation would change him to Isaiah Bradley, WHO IS NOT THE LEAD. Get your heads out off your asses and know what you’re talking about before you shoot your mouths off. Do some damn research first. By the way, Will Smith has had some great moments, but in action films the guy tends to have a bad case of overacting. Really.

    • Liara

      Thank you. There is nothing wrong with Isaiah Bradley Captain America, but this movie is supposed to be Steve Rogers Captain America, and that means following the source material about said character (which means casting a white actor, in this case).

    • Lee

      I do not see the problem i really don’t if captain america is played by a white or black man. I have been a Marvel fan since i was a kid. I now serve in military and i am white. We know steve rogers is white in comics but what would be the problem with Steve Rogers taking on germans in world war two.Think Will Smith would fir bill perfect always in top shape and would have no problems getting bigger for the part, handsome,square jawed the super hero look.I actually prefer it if they updated like iron man and the hulk.Get him right up to date, have super soldier process take shape during war on terror or cold war and have him revivede for war on terror.I know its what many want.lets move with the times, its a film for all the public not just those who read a comic book.

  • BJJ

    Wow, you guys must not pay much attention to the source material. So many people get upset when they here things like ‘comic fans pissed over Will Smith/Cap rumors”. You bo-tards want to whine about racism even when it’s not there. The die-hard comic fans aren’t freaked out over some ‘black guy’ in their movie, they’re upset because it’s not true to the source material. Yes you can change Nick Fury, research the difference between the ultimate Fury (Sam’s) and the marvel ‘prime’ fury. Decades apart. You can acknowledge the influence of race without it being racist you damn brain farts. There was a black Captain America, it wasn’t Steve Rogers and he had a very different (and tragic) story. His name was Isaiah Bradley. This is were you see the difference race can make. Hell the big problem is Captain America has to be Steve Rogers just as much as Iron Man has to be Tony Stark, or Batman must be Bruce Wayne. The mantle can be passed eventually but these men are the ones that build the title. The ethics and driving force for good that was Steve Rogers is what made Captain America able to hang with and lead teammates that where so much more powerful. To change him to a black kid coming up in the WW2 generation would put him in the complex and burdened shoes of Isaiah Bradley. A Patriot non-the-less but not the character marvel published for nearly 70 years. Basically to make Steve Rogers (mandatory lead character) black in a time of such racial segragation would change him to Isaiah Bradley, WHO IS NOT THE LEAD. Get your heads out off your asses and know what you’re talking about before you shoot your mouths off. Do some damn research first. By the way, Will Smith has had some great moments, but in action films the guy tends to have a bad case of overacting. Really.

    • Liara

      Thank you. There is nothing wrong with Isaiah Bradley Captain America, but this movie is supposed to be Steve Rogers Captain America, and that means following the source material about said character (which means casting a white actor, in this case).

    • Lee

      I do not see the problem i really don’t if captain america is played by a white or black man. I have been a Marvel fan since i was a kid. I now serve in military and i am white. We know steve rogers is white in comics but what would be the problem with Steve Rogers taking on germans in world war two.Think Will Smith would fir bill perfect always in top shape and would have no problems getting bigger for the part, handsome,square jawed the super hero look.I actually prefer it if they updated like iron man and the hulk.Get him right up to date, have super soldier process take shape during war on terror or cold war and have him revivede for war on terror.I know its what many want.lets move with the times, its a film for all the public not just those who read a comic book.

  • nba1302

    BJJ nuff said

  • nba1302

    BJJ nuff said

  • chris

    Ok I don’t know why everyone has to get up in arms about race on every issue involving a black guy playing a white guy seriously it’s sad. Is will smith a great actor? Yes. Should he play any role ever regardless of the actual story? No. Let’s say there is a movie about George Bush that is coming out and they want Morgan Freeman to play him. Would Morgan Freeman be the best choice to play George W. Bush? Hell no and i don’t think anyone here would say that he could play bush. Some roles have requirements that need to be met before you can choose an actor and steve rogers has to be white and if your offended by that then i am sorry but your probably going to be whining most of your life. If there was ever a comic strip where captain america was black then i would say hell yea go for will smith, but there wasn’t. Ultimate Nick Fury is a black guy and between us i was hoping they would pick him over white nick fury because i wanted to see Sam Jackson be head of S.H.I.E.L.D and that just kind of worked out. So stop thinking about race being the issue for every problem because it isnt. Just in this instance the actor has to be able to be white, have blue eyes, blonde hair, and in great shape. Those are requirements for the role of cap. Now my vote for cap. goes to Aaron Eckhart because, yes he may be a bit old, but he would be a much better choice than the other candidates listed as possible choices. And he really does seem like the perfect choice to me.

  • chris

    Ok I don’t know why everyone has to get up in arms about race on every issue involving a black guy playing a white guy seriously it’s sad. Is will smith a great actor? Yes. Should he play any role ever regardless of the actual story? No. Let’s say there is a movie about George Bush that is coming out and they want Morgan Freeman to play him. Would Morgan Freeman be the best choice to play George W. Bush? Hell no and i don’t think anyone here would say that he could play bush. Some roles have requirements that need to be met before you can choose an actor and steve rogers has to be white and if your offended by that then i am sorry but your probably going to be whining most of your life. If there was ever a comic strip where captain america was black then i would say hell yea go for will smith, but there wasn’t. Ultimate Nick Fury is a black guy and between us i was hoping they would pick him over white nick fury because i wanted to see Sam Jackson be head of S.H.I.E.L.D and that just kind of worked out. So stop thinking about race being the issue for every problem because it isnt. Just in this instance the actor has to be able to be white, have blue eyes, blonde hair, and in great shape. Those are requirements for the role of cap. Now my vote for cap. goes to Aaron Eckhart because, yes he may be a bit old, but he would be a much better choice than the other candidates listed as possible choices. And he really does seem like the perfect choice to me.

  • quawnday

    as good as will smith is the origanal cap should be played by a white guy cuz that would just ruine the whole concept of him and nobody can say im racist cus im black and havin a black pres is good and all honestly if brad pitt could get some muscles he should play him

  • quawnday

    as good as will smith is the origanal cap should be played by a white guy cuz that would just ruine the whole concept of him and nobody can say im racist cus im black and havin a black pres is good and all honestly if brad pitt could get some muscles he should play him

  • butterscotch

    I just read on a different movie site that Chris Pine from Star Trek is the rumored consideration for Cap. America.

    I think Pine would be a great choice!

  • butterscotch

    I just read on a different movie site that Chris Pine from Star Trek is the rumored consideration for Cap. America.

    I think Pine would be a great choice!