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Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power star Sir Lenny Henry hits back at racist trolls who criticized the casting of black actors, saying ‘it’s not up to a man who eats Hobnobs in his panties’ to decide who’s on the screen may appear
- Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Sir Lenny Henry Strikes Back At Racist Trolls
- The actor appears in the blockbuster TV series, which has come under fire
- Sir Lenny said it’s ‘not up to a man who is in his panties’ to say who can act
- Added the lack of diversity in the original series didn’t stop him from appearing
Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power star Sir Lenny Henry has hit back at racist trolls who have criticized the decision to cast black actors in the new Amazon series.
The actor, who plays Saddoc Burrows in the blockbuster TV series, said it’s “not up to a guy who eats Hobnobs in his panties to say mean things behind people’s backs and upload them.”
He reflected on the lack of racial diversity in the original Lord Of The Rings films, but said it didn’t stop him from being a part of the new series.
He said on GMB this morning: ‘Even though the movies were more white, it didn’t stop me from loving it and wanting to be in this.
Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power star Sir Lenny Henry, pictured on This Morning, has hit back at racist trolls who criticized the decision to cast black actors in the new Amazon series
Sir Lenny reflected on the lack of racial diversity in the original Lord Of The Rings films, but said it didn’t stop him from being part of the new series
“The beauty of these days is that there has been a gradual change. Kids thought they couldn’t sit in it before and it’s an exciting time.
“We are now seeing more people in important roles in front of the camera. They may see themselves as “we can be there”, children can say “I want to be a Harfoot or an elf”
‘Not everyone likes change, but tough.’
The Rings of Power features a number of colored actors in primary roles, including Ismael Cruz Cordova as the elf Arondir, the dwarf Sophia Nomvete as the dwarf princess Disa, and Nazanin Boniadi as the human Bronwyn.
It has been speculated that racist trolls “bombed” the show in the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, with several cast members of color receiving hateful messages.
The hosts discussed the reaction online about black characters in The Rings of Power, but Lenny clapped back, saying that “it’s not up to a guy in his panties eating Hobnobs” that the creatives will win this one.
Original Lord Of The Rings cast members Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd took to social media on Wednesday, showcasing new hats and t-shirts with a powerful message written in the Elvish language Neo-Sindarin, which translates to, “You are all welcome here.’
Actor Whoopi Goldberg criticized racist fantasy fans for casting black actors in The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power.
The Sister Act star told trolls to “get a job,” as she vandalized them for accepting “dragons and hobbits,” but not black actors being cast in the shows, as she spoke on US talk show The View.
Lenny, commenting on the response and Whoopi’s support, said: ‘Yeah, Whoop talked about it, but everyone wants to be in a fantasy world, everyone wants to have wings or laser beams out of their eyes.
Lenny Henry plays a Harfoot named Saddoc Burrows, who resembles a Hobbit in the new series The Rings Of Power
“We all deserve to be in that world if we want to. It’s not up to a guy who eats Hobnobs in his panties to say mean things behind people’s backs and upload them.
“With this, the creatives will win – people who think about this on a human level.”
Lenny has released his new memoir Rising to The Surface, which he claims features both his mother and Dawn French and covers 1980 to the year 2000 – he described his book as a “rollercoaster.”
He also spoke about his desire to have more diversity behind the camera in his production company.
He said, “When I went on in the business and I didn’t see any black costume designers or makeup ladies, directors… this was the world I loved and I put up with it and kept waiting for it to happen and it didn’t happen.”
“When I started my own production company, I said it would be really cool if we had more diversity. More brown, more black people.
‘The production manager said ‘yes’. Since it was my production company, I made it happen, change has to come from above. I just said it would be really cool, I didn’t say it had to happen. It came from above and if people want change, it has to come from above. We started doing things like funky black shorts and it was great.”