BLADE Star Wesley Snipes Responds To The News His Role Was Almost Whitewashed

BLADE Star Wesley Snipes Responds To The News His Role Was Almost Whitewashed

With the original Blade movie turning 20 years old, star Wesley Snipes, who brought the iconic vampire hunter to life on the big screen, weighs in on the recent news that the role was almost whitewashed.

On the 20th anniversary of Blade, Yahoo caught up with the film's star Wesley Snipes who brought to life the iconic vampire hunter. One of the topics brought up was a recent report that the movie's titular character was almost whitewashed, a common occurrence in Hollywood where a character that is of color is often changed and given to a white person. Obviously, with Blade being a black comic book hero, this would've been quite the stretch.

“I wasn’t aware that that was part of the history,” Snipes told Yahoo when he was informed that screenwriter David S. Goyer was originally asked if Blade could be white.

“Hollywood,” he added matter-of-factly, suggesting this didn't come as a surprise to him. “Can you imagine the creative individual who thought of that?”

Yahoo asked what Blade would’ve been like with a white actor to which Snipes laughingly responded: “Wouldn’t be this. That’s for sure. Wouldn’t be as cool, lemme tell you that.”

Check out the full interview below which Wesley Snipes also recalls his favorite part about working on Blade.



The Blade trilogy has been met with a mixed reception, though each of the three films was a box office success at the time of their release. It has been 14 years since Snipes suited up for the role in 2004's Blade: Trinity, he has said on numerous occasions - and even very recently - that he would love to reprise the role of the vampire hunting badass. Would you like to see Wesley Snipes return to the Marvel Universe as Blade?
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