Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot to address complaints about the lack of dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation in his new movie In The Heights. Rather than duel with these critics, Miranda is listening to them.
Miranda's film adaptation of his musical In the Heights is soaring at the box office. Yet, many are not too satisfied with the film's failure to accurately depict the dark-skinned Afro-Latino population of Washington Heights, Manhattan, where the play and movie is set.
During the actor's appearance on The Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah Tuesday night, Miranda explained to Noah, "All I want is for this neighborhood to feel seen and if there's a segment of it that doesn't feel seen and they're saying that, you have to acknowledge that and let it in." The Hamilton star continued, "All I can do is learn from it and promise to do better."
The new movie also came under fire for the filmmakers' choice to cast light-skinned Latino actors in leading roles, despite the high prevalence of dark-skinned Latinos in the historical neighborhood. "Again, there's so much Afro-Latinidad in the move, the beef really was specifically dark-skinned Afro-Latinos in leading roles," Miranda explained. "I totally understand that, I receive it, and I just have to do better on the next one."
Lin-Manuel Miranda became a groundbreaking figure in showbusiness for casting a primarily minority cast for the Tony-award winning Hamilton to play the roles of America's historically white founding fathers. He described to Trevor Noah, "There's a reality of when you make something, you're creating a frame. The folks who are not in that frame and going to tell you, 'hey, we're not in the frame.' So, you have to acknowledge that and the next time you make a frame, keep that in mind."
On Monday, Miranda released an apology statement on Twitter acknowledging his "shortcomings." Check it out below.
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