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Zoë Kravitz Was Rejected From ‘Dark Knight Rises’ For Being Too “Urban”
Zoë Kravitz says she was turned down for a role in The Dark Knight Rises for being too “urban”.
Kravitz recently debuted a glowing performance in Matt Reeves‘ new film The Batman, starring alongside Robert Pattinson as Catwoman.
Now, in an interview with The Observer, Kravitz revealed that she had previously auditioned for a part in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film but was rejected.
“I don’t know if it came directly from Chris Nolan,” she said. “I think it was probably a casting director of some kind or a casting director’s assistant… ”
“Being a woman of colour and being an actor and being told at that time that I wasn’t able to read because of the colour of my skin, and the word urban being thrown around like that, that was what was really hard about that moment.”
She went on to describe her casting in The Batman as “crazy”, adding that when news of her casting broke: “My phone was blowing up more than any birthday I’ve ever had.”
Having come a long way in her career since minor roles in films like No Reservations, Kravitz was asked whether her star-studded parents (Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz) gave her ‘the talk’ about racial discrimination in Hollywood.
“They never warned me or anything,” she said. “I think they were more focused on trying to make sure I understood that despite the colour of my skin I should be able to act or dress or do whatever it is I want to do.”
The Batman is currently available to watch in cinemas.
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