Payday Loans
Ll Cool J (James Todd Smith)

 

  1. Wesley Snipes, Blade, 1997.       Scenarist David S Goyer wanted Snipes and no one else. The studio execs were screaming: Denzel Washington, Laurence Fishburne, even rapper J. Snipes was already in Marvel talks for playing Black Panther and one superhero led to another. He was effective, said Chicago critic Roger Ebert, because he understood the key ingredient in any interesting superhero is vulnerability, not omnipotence. Panther became Chadwick Boseman in the 18th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2017.
  2. Cuba Gooding Jr, Shadowboxer, 2005.    Helping his stepmom - and lover - on her last hit job. The role had started white, aimed at Wes Bentley or Ryan Philippe… in the directing debut of actor-writer Lee Daniels.
  3. Idris Elba, Obsessed, 2008.     Poor Dris took over from the TV-committed Cool J in what Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers called it a ”crazy ass awful… stenchcloud” Fatal Attraction. Ali Larter had the Glenn Close role of the psycho stalker. Everyone swore this had nothing to do with Adrian Lyne’s film (no one had the rights, you see), yet Beyoncé Knowles, as the wife, was also called Beth - before someone noticed and changed it to Sharon.




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