Game Of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon that took the world by storm since its first episode back in 2011. Now a prequel is set to release that will take place 200 years before the events of the original series. Just recently, an actor from the Game of Thrones prequel revealed that he was racially abused after his casting.
Steve Toussaint claimed that after being chosen to play Corlys Velaryon in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel HBO series House of the Dragon, he became the focus of racist taunts. The 57-year-old British actor said to The Hollywood Reporter that when he was chosen for the first significant part in the Game of Thrones universe to be played by a person of color, he greatly overestimated the reaction.
When I got the gig, I literally was like, ‘It’s just another role because I have Black friends who had small parts or recurring parts in’ Game of Thrones,’ I didn’t realize it was a bigger deal until I was racially abused on social media when it was announced. Yeah, that sh-t happened.
Touissant claimed that someone had used the N-word against him, and that others had created art to ridicule his inclusion in the show. He recalled a situation in which a supporter of Toussaint’s inclusion on the show claimed to have encountered the same animosity. Toussaint mentioned that he has heard from several friends in the entertainment business who, after landing prominent roles, were likewise the object of racial remarks.
The actor claimed that after landing a role on a Marvel film, a person he has “knew for a long time” started receiving racist messages. While acknowledging that in that sense, it’s a significant issue. Toussaint told the newspaper that he is eager to move on. The premiere of House of the Dragon is scheduled for August 21st at 9 PM. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more.
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