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Sole black actress featured in a Woody Allen film defends Woody Allen





- Hazelle Goodman played a wacky hooker named Cookie in Woody's "Deconstructing Harry" back in 1997
- She is currently the only black actress to be featured in a Woody Allen film with Chiwetel Ejiofor being the only black male (in "Melinda Melinda")
- In the interview she responds to a question about the criticism that Woody Allen only casts white people in his movies with this: "Here’s my take on that: Any filmmaker has the right to create his vision. That’s his vision. That’s how he sees the world. And he has a right to that, just like if Spike Lee does a film, he puts a lot of black folk in it. Everyone is creating from their vision. If Woody sees the world that way, that’s Woody’s world. I don’t trip about that."
- When pressed further about how cities like San Francisco, London, Paris, and New York are much more diverse than depicted in his films: "The world is multicultural. But again, everybody has their vision. I just have that attitude about life. Whatever you want to see, you go create it. If that’s his reality, then that’s his reality."
- On diversity in Hollywood: "I don’t really have that spirit that just waits on people to pick me. And that’s what’s most important is finding your voice and getting heard rather than getting in the conversation of: "Oh, they’re not casting us." I hate that conversation. It’s such a victim conversation. Who cares? Go write, create, speak out."


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Tags: film, interview, race / racism, woody allen
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