Laurence Fishburne on Hollywood diversity: 'We still have a lot of work to do'
Long-percolating questions about diversity in Hollywood have bubbled to the surface after the Academy Awards nominated an all-white slate of actors for the second year in a row. The #OscarsSoWhite trending topic, and declarations by celebrities like Spike Lee and Will Smith to not attend this year’s ceremony in protest, brought Hollywood’s diversity problem to current focus, but others are a little more used to the issue. Laurence Fishburne has been acting in movies since Apocalypse Now at age 14, so when he appeared on The Late Show Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert asked if Fishburne thought the level of diversity in movies has gotten better or worse over the course of his career.
“It’s gotten better,” Fishburne said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but it’s gotten better.”
As far as this year’s Oscars specifically, Fishburne said there was one element he was looking forward to seeing.
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“It’s a very complicated thing. Personally, I just can’t wait to see how Chris Rock handles it as the host of the Oscars,” Fishburne said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Fishburne concluded by explaining to Colbert what it means to be “black-ish,” the way DeRay McKesson recently taught the host about being “woke.”
Watch the clip below.