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Actor Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg in Alliance justice, publicly accusing director Joss Whedon of “abuse” on set earlier this year. In a new interview with ForbesFisher goes into more detail on why he spoke up against Whedon (who replaced the original film’s director Zack Snyder) as well as the CEOs of Warner Bros., Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. .
The last straw? Fisher accused Joss Whedon of digitally altering a performer’s skin color in the post. “What set me on fire and forced me to speak up about Joss Whedon this summer was when I was told that Joss had asked to change an actor’s skin color during post-production because he didn’t. like their skin color. skin color, ”the actor announced. “God, with everything in 2020, that’s a big moment for me.”
Fisher also pointed out a reduction in the role or removal of black characters in the film after Whedon entered production. Zheng Kai’s Ryan Choi was cut off Alliance justice, as well as the role of Karen Bryson as Cyborg’s mother, Ellinore and Iris West of Kiersey Clemons. Meanwhile, Joe Morton’s on-screen appearance as Cyborg’s father, Silas, has also been downplayed. All of those characters will appear in Zack Snyder’s Alliance justice cut, follow Forbes. “I have always doubted that race was the deciding factor for its downward path, but it wasn’t until last summer that I was able to prove it,” Fisher said.
“The race is just one of the many rewrite problems,” adds Fisher. “There have been violent explosions, threats, coercion, mockery, unsafe working conditions, being looked down on and taunted as you wouldn’t believe.
Fisher also said that others involved in the production informed him that “racist chats” were supposed to be going on about black performers in the film, which the actor said. that you have heard the “encrypted” note you received from Geoff Johns. “Before Alliance justiceFilming process, blatant racist chats were taken up and entertained – many times – by current and former Warner Bros. top executives. Pictures, ”he said. “The decision-makers involved in those racist conversations were Geoff Johns, Jon Berg and currently President Toby Emmerich of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. ”
Last month, Warner Bros. said Fisher declined to meet with their third-party investigator about his claims. The actor now claims that the company that originally conducted the investigation has withdrawn and that a new agency is currently conducting their investigation.
“A lot of what these people did was try to stop themselves from getting fired during the time AT&T merged with Time Warner,” Fisher said. Forbes. “I intend to learn more about each of these people after the investigation is over – this interview is just a summary version.” You can read his full interview here.
Update, Friday, October 30, 12:30 am: Joss Whedon issued a statement disproving Ray Fisher’s claim that he changed an actor’s skin color in Alliance justice. In a statement is provided for Weekly entertainmentWhedon says the following about Fisher’s allegations:
Personally making this statement admits that this is just something he has heard from others and accepted is true, while in fact simple research will prove that it is false. By the standards of most films, there are a lot of people involved in the final product blending, including editors, special effects people, composers, etc. with senior colorists. responsible for the tone, color and mood of the final version. The process is further complicated for this project by the fact that [original director] Zack [Snyder] shot on film, while Joss was on digital, which required the team, led by the same senior colorist, who had worked on Zack’s previous films, to reconcile the two.