Cuba Gooding Jr. may have earned fame as an Academy Award winner, but it seems he still holds the opinion that even well-established African-American celebrities have challenges to overcome to produce films independently. Having being inspired by celebrities like Tyler Perry, the popular actor has promoted African-American filmmakers and directors at every opportunity.
New on DVD and Blu-Ray today, 'Red Tails' starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrance Howard and Nate Parker.. pic.twitter.com/VZ2PrkDM
— Mike and Stephanie (@mikenstephanie) May 22, 2012
Earlier, he lauded George Lucas for investing in the production of Red Tails, a movie about Tuskegee pilots who served in World War II. Red Tails featured Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard in the leading roles as United States Air Force officers on a mission to command African-American pilots fighting against the German Luftwaffe. Cuba Gooding Jr’s Red Tails not only delivered a positive message about African Americans, but it also turned out to be a groundbreaking film with an all-African-American star cast.
Despite winning critical acclaim for their achievements, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard are finding it surprisingly difficult to be correctly identified by media personnel while attending award ceremonies. According to ABC, the Emmys’ official Twitter account wrongly posted a photo of Terrence Howard on the red carpet while announcing the arrival of Cuba Gooding Jr.
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) September 18, 2016
Even though the Television Academy quickly deleted the post, it still hasn’t acknowledged the mistake. However, those behind the tweet on behalf of the Television Academy must be unaware of the repercussions of its casual attitude because media personnel had earlier drawn flak from actor Samuel Jackson who was mistaken for Laurence Fishburne. Actors like Samuel L. Jackson are extremely disappointed that the media still harbors a casual attitude towards African-American celebrities, many of whom have gained international recognition.
It’s very discouraging that reputable organizations like the Emmys would mistake Cuba Gooding Jr. for a different actor, especially since the Men of Honor star recently won critical acclaim for his role of O.J. Simpson in American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson, ABC’s crime drama series.
Planning an exclusive pre-screening for 20th Century Fox Film, RedTails starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard! pic.twitter.com/bb8VkRH
— Antoinette M. (@AGMillerNY) January 5, 2012
Fortunately, neither Cuba Gooding Jr. nor Terrence Howard seem to have taken the Television Academy’s embarrassing blunder too seriously, as to date, the actors have not mentioned the gaffe. Moreover, Cuba Gooding Jr. is an actor who competently carries on with his amazing work, irrespective of the attitudes of the people around him. He lends a helping hand to charity organizations like A Place Called Home, which strives to help at-risk youth by offering education and guidance.
Earlier, Cuba Gooding Jr. won acclaim for his portrayal of Eugene Brown, the ex-convict-turned-youth mentor, in Life of a King, a 2013 drama film about Eugene Brown, who began a chess club and mentored at-risk youth.
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s work in American Crime Story won the admiration of writer and producer Ryan Murphy, who decided to cast him in American Horror Story: Roanoke, FX’s famous horror television series. The latest season’s plot revolves around a married couple who have paranormal experiences after they move to Roanoke Island to escape the memories of their past tragedies.
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson play the tormented couple in Season 6. Incidentally, Paulson had earlier appeared alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. in the American Crime Story series by playing the role of Marcia Clark, the chief prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
— Science Fiction (@ScienceFiction) September 22, 2016
Although Cuba Gooding Jr. hasn’t commented on the plot of the current season, the actor has remarked that the entire season will comprise multiple stories. According to Vanity Fair, Cuba Gooding Jr. revealed that Season 6 has a layered narrative, enabling fans to correlate the horror series with the classic Twilight Zone television series.
“When you see this season, you’ll realize how to interpret that Twilight Zone idea to an entire other level.”
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