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Offline Reginald Hudlin

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Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« on: September 07, 2011, 11:59:51 am »
I only agree with two of these five, so let's make our own list.

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Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors

My friends were telling at a wedding I recently attended that one of the biggest clichés in Hollywood movies is that the black male actor in the movies always dies. Now I believe that the old adage is going the way of the Dinosaur cause no one would have killed off Larry Fishbourne as Morpheus but I thought it would be fitting if we could think of the 5 most glorious screen deaths.

So since I was the only one sober of the 5 to take notes here is what happened…. it goes in no particular order

Jim Brown in “The Dirty Dozen”
First things first. Next to the Godfather,,best movie for “guys who like movies” Every man should be forced to watch this movie before they are allowed to go into puberty, You wanna be a man ? Watch this movie first!!! EAT THIS RAW MEAT !!!Then we will talk.
The Dirty Dozen was released before my time but i am sure. if you havent seen the movie You will have the same reaction

‘Hes going to make it…hes going to make it ..AW DAMM .he didnt make it “
We all hated to see him get it at the end . But if he had to go out at least he went out like a hero The image of Jim Brown sprinting across the screen , dodging enemy fire is one of the most breathtaking scenes… It was talked about by Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle as he pretended to burst into tears. It making me choke up and misty eyed right now

Samuel Jackson In Deep Blue SEA
Now any movie that kills off Samuel Jackson and leaves LL CoOL J alive has something fundamentally wrong. But I recommend that you watch it to see Sam go out in a blaze of glory. Now if you havent seen the movie ,,lucky you … AFTER the genetically engineered sharks who seem to be smarter than any one in the movie make their first attack, the sacred group gets together to regroup and Sam is attempting to calm them all ,using his best Pulp Fiction Jules Winfield voice …”stay calm we will get out of here” .
I remember thinking … hes getting to close to the water. Sure enough one of the sharks leaps out and drags Sam into the water kicking and screaming It not believable …the movie is pretty bad… but it was awesome. The only thing the would have topped that would be if somehow the sharks started reciting bible verses

Then again maybe he ate a Reece Peanut Butter cup. I saw a commercial that said sharks really dig it

Charles Dutton in Aliens 3
In Alien 3 Ripley wakes up in a prison colony with 2 of the creatures one roaming and one inside her . In a effort to trap the full grown one Roc must hold off the creature while Ripley climbs up and pours a few thousand gallons of molten lead on the beast
Clichéd ?Yes! Predictable? yes!! Dutton screams ” is that all you got… Is that as hard as you can bite . He’s spitting like a cornered cat as he engaged the deadliest creatures now to man.. For a comparison it like dating one of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” over and over

Carl Weathers and Bill Duke In Predator
I think we all can remember the scene “I see you ” Bill Duke Hisses…. Some how Carl Weathers takes about 30 seconds to realize that hes looking at a 10 ft tall invisible reptile who moves at the speed of light. He stood a better chance fighting Ivan Drago in Rocky 4
With no visible shock says “hey I see it too”. Nevertheless it was somewhat fun to watch Apollo meet his match. Bill Duke stood no chance. Funny THING though. The weapon on the predator blew off Apollos arm ..Bill Dukes head and Jesse Ventura chest. The Terminator Arnie takes a direct hit to his shoulder and he gets a flesh wound

MMM
Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man
Wesley Snipes grimaces and bares his pearly whites ( what’s the deal with that awful blonde hairdo?). Bad hair nevertheless he sure seemed to be having fun until he was freeze-dried by Healthy Choice . Kinda of wish SLY”said “Ice Ice Baby” I think that would have ranked right up there with “ASTA la VeeSTA baby The only thing I remember about that movie is the crush I had on Sandra Bullock. Wonder what ever happened to her

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 12:15:38 pm »
Denzel Washington in Man on Fire.
Sexiest death scene ever!
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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 12:31:28 pm »
Clichéd ?Yes! Predictable? yes!! Dutton screams ” is that all you got… Is that as hard as you can bite . He’s spitting like a cornered cat as he engaged the deadliest creatures now to man.. For a comparison it like dating one of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” over and over.



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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 12:32:34 pm »
Sam Jackson in Deep Blue Sea made me scream WTF (the actual words mind you) because I don't think ANYONE saw that coming.

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 12:46:35 pm »
Sam's death in DEEP BLUE SEA qualifies, and of course Jim Brown in THE DIRTY DOZEN, but I don't see how any of the others on the list beat the brother's death at the end of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

And what about the death of Cornbread in CORNBREAD, EARL AND ME?

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2011, 12:52:26 pm »


And what about the death of Cornbread in CORNBREAD, EARL AND ME?

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011, 02:48:24 pm »
Denzel Washington in Man on Fire.
Sexiest death scene ever!


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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2011, 05:54:36 pm »
Sam's death in DEEP BLUE SEA qualifies, and of course Jim Brown in THE DIRTY DOZEN, but I don't see how any of the others on the list beat the brother's death at the end of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Ah, Duane Jones.. I remember seeing the film on for the first time when I was a kid.. the local TV station broadcasted it with a green tint.. I knew it was supposed to be this 'legendary' thing but I had no idea why..
..I also had no idea it had a black lead.. It was so cool to watch.. he was heroic in a a matter-of-fact kind of way, not a superman..
but at the end, I was so infuriated..   >:(
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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2011, 06:06:29 pm »
Jim Kelly enter the dragon.

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2011, 09:23:49 pm »
Jim Kelly enter the dragon.
Not glorious.  I was just mad.  

How could he die and John Saxon live on? 

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2011, 11:32:14 am »
Jim Kelly enter the dragon.
Not glorious.  I was just mad.  

How could he die and John Saxon live on?  

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I read, somewhere, that the original script had the Saxon character dying, but since he was still (kind of?) a star with clout, he was able to get the studio to change it..  It's too bad that Lee passed away, I think he and Kelly would have ended up doing some more movies together, perhaps the "original" Rush Hour (heh)..  ;)
…but to properly add to the list- I think that Sam Jackson’s death scene in Star Wars III was interesting for shock value (pun intended).. though I wanted him to live, I guess he and most other existing Jedi “had” to die to justify the storyline in the first trilogy.. (I would have much preferred if he had escaped and went into isolation like Yoda and Ben..
Also, Fred Williamson’s dramatic and ironic death of Tommy Gibbs in Black Caesar.. mortally wounded from the final battle with the corrupt cop who oppressed him as a kid, he’s wandering around what looks like bombed-out tenements, where he gets accosted by a group of rowdy kids (not unlike what he used to be back in the days), who proceed to mug him and leave him to die on a playground..  (of course the climax was totally changed when they decided to do Hell up in Harlem)..
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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2011, 05:19:18 pm »
…but to properly add to the list- I think that Sam Jackson’s death scene in Star Wars III was interesting for shock value (pun intended).. though I wanted him to live, I guess he and most other existing Jedi “had” to die to justify the storyline in the first trilogy.. (I would have much preferred if he had escaped and went into isolation like Yoda and Ben...





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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2011, 12:51:56 pm »
Fred Williamson survived  in the sequel.

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Re: Five glorious screen deaths of Black Actors
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2011, 09:20:02 am »
I don't care what they say in the Star Wars you saw but in my verison Mace Windo survived (no body no death). He just scarred up, has two cybernetic hands and is teaching two new rebel padwans named 2Pac and Biggie the ways of the force!!!! "I wonder why they call you Big Jabba, throw yo sabers in the sky if you a jedi..."

Denzel (or any of the soliders) in Glory

If you want to get deep ...I'd say the death of King Kong not a black actor but as a symbol...;)

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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2011, 10:30:26 am »


If you want to get deep ...I'd say the death of King Kong not a black actor but as a symbol...;)

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