Hero of children’s literature Roald Dahl originally intended for one of his most famous characters (Charlie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to be black, however he was dissuaded by his agent on the basis that readers would question why he included a black lead. Though it’s no excuse, bear in mind this was 1964.
In an interview with the BBC on Dahl’s 101st birthday, his widow Liccy Dahl said, “his first Charlie that he wrote about was a little black boy,” adding that it was a “great pity” that Dahl had given into the change.
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) September 13, 2017
Donald Sturrock, Dahl’s biographer noted that “it was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero. She said, ‘People would ask why.’”
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Liccy Dahl said that seeing Charlie as he was originally intended would be “wonderful.” As soon as this comment was made public, director Ava Duvernay tweeted “*raises hand for movie adaptation*”. Duvernay recently made history as the first woman of color to direct a live-action movie with a budget of more than $100 million. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess was also on board when a fan suggested him for the role of Willy Wonka, saying “Ummmm oh the fun I would have!”
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a Duvernay Chocolate Factory!
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