Outraged Over Twilight
Hollywood, CA - Native Americans are outraged over what they
hold as deceptions in and around the production of the Hollywood
film series "Twilight."
With the commercial success of Twilight, Hollywood is abuzz with
agents molding, fitting, and pushing their celebrity actors to
pass as Native Americans.
"The Twilight Series is one of few commercial films, a script,
and a story with Native American roles." said Lydia Ponce. "It
is a sad day to see that the big power agents are marketing
Filipino and Asian celebrity actors to play Native Americans.
These are such rare opportunities. When films like Twilight
knowingly and willfully select non-Native American actors to
play Native roles, it sends the message that we're not good
enough to represent ourselves."
Not so long ago Old Western films hired Caucasian actors who
were painted a brownish-red and wore wigs to portray Native
peoples. Continued insult and injury further perpetuating bias,
stereotypes, and racism, was so very wrong and evil then and
now. Hollywood is using the tan spray and hair extensions
Hollywood agents are instructing their talent to dig and find
those 'Native Roots' and publicize their newfound Native
American heritage in interviews conveniently in sync with
current casting needs and trends.
Twilight's lead actor Taylor Lautner, who allegedly just found
his Native American roots, was given the extraordinary
opportunity to play the lead in the film well after the
"discovery" of his ethnicity.
In a recent MTV interview Lautner stated, "I am part Native
American. We learned that through [preparing for] this film. 'm
French, Dutch and German, and on my mother's side,
she has some
Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian in her."
in a film with such a strong Native American theme, only two
actors of Native American decent were hired. But due to reasons
unknown, Solomon Trimble (Apache) who played and established the
character of Sam Uley, has suddenly lost his role.
Sam Uley's character has been re-posted onto the
Hollywood-casting breakdown, and it is obvious that Hollywood is
now looking for a more marketable teen heartthrob celebrity
actor to play the more substantial and very desirable part.
Given that this franchise's upcoming sequels have two Native
American female roles, it is concerning that there is only one
female role currently open on the official breakdown casting.
It is a very small role that never develops into a significant
Reports surfaced across the Internet yesterday morning that
Vanessa Hudgens has auditioned for the other withheld major
Native American role in the series.
It cannot be just mere coincidence that Chris Weitz, the new
Director of the Twilight film series, shares the same powerful
gent that is also representing Vanessa Hudgens and Taylor
"Today Native American communities offer plenty of known and
unknown talent." said Lydia Ponce. "How can we accept that
Filipinos and other ethnic groups, talented or not, are being
packaged and sold to us as the redefined and new and improved
Native American image? What about the social responsibility the
casting of this film will once more have in terms of its power
to re-identify and redefine an entire culture within the public
eye? Hollywood is not trusting native peoples to portray
themselves once again. It's like we're being ethnically cleansed
from mainstream films."
Reliable insider sources, who preferred to stay anonymous, state
Taylor Lautner's Agent, was overheard in commenting during a
conversation regarding Taylor Lautner's Native American
heritage, "Well, we had to work around that. We had to fudge
it. No one will know the difference."
Native or not native, in a recent television interview about his
reception by the Native community while promoting the film,
Taylor told the press how: "I actually had a meeting with
Quileute tribal members yesterday! I interviewed them and just
wanted to get to know them. One thing they do that I noticed is
they don't need to be told to what to do. If the trash is
getting full, they empty it out. They're always helping each
other and are really nice. They are people just like you and
Access Hollywood today confirms that Vanessa Hudgens (Filipino)
from High School Musical HAS auditioned and is upf or the role
of Leah, the lone werewolf and main Native American female
Given that this franchise's upcoming sequels has only two Native
American female roles, it is shocking that the only female role
currently open on the official casting breakdown is the very
small role of Emily, a character that never develops into a
significant female lead.
The stronger role of Leah, whose character will develop into a
significant leading role for a Native American actress in New
Moon's sequel Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, is currently absent
from the casting breakdowns and therefore not available to
talent agents for submission.
The fact that the major role of Leah is NOT listed on the
casting breakdowns, coupled with the fact that Vanessa Hudgens
has auditioned for the part of Leah, is enough for any Native
American actress to feel discriminated against in the sole right
to be given even a chance or consideration.
It's easy to find the information and cannot be just mere
coincidence that Chris Weitz, the new Director of the franchised
film sequel, shares the same powerful agent (William Morris
Agency) also representing Vanessa Hudgens and Taylor Lautner.
For more information, express your views, or to urge the hiring
of Native American actors, contact:
Summit Entertainment (Production Company)
Producer: Mark Morgan
1630 Stewart St.
Ste. 120 Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA
Stephenie Meyer / author of the Twilight books c/o
606 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Suite 202 LA, CA 90004