Famous white actors who played people of color

A shocking list with some of Hollywood's most celebrated actors

Stars Insider

02/12/22 | StarsInsider

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Casting choices have become a sore spot in Hollywood, what with the amount of white actors who have been cast as characters of other races—the so-called "whitewashing" of Hollywood. 

But despite there being waves of protest when actors of color are considered for fictional roles like Spider-Man or James Bond, there hasn’t always been major backlash when white actors played characters of color, even when those characters were based on real-life people of color. 

Many of the most revered and beloved white actors have at one point in their career taken on a non-white role on screen. Click on to find out more.

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