Yeah, when people say "it's hard to sell films around the world with black actors" I wonder where their samples are coming from. I mean...is it a shock if Tyler Perry movies don't rake it in in China? Does that really have anything to do with the actors being black? I suspect people mostly aren't trying very hard. (And of course, Hollywood isn't really lining up to cast Chinese actors either, so I'm not seeing a lot of consistency here.)
And even if this is 100% correct, isn't there something kinda screwy about saying American films can't tell American stories, featuring the diversity that's seen in America, because they have to pander to everyone else?
Well, this case sounds particularly ridiculous, not just because this sounds like a relatively small part which wasn't ethnic specific and at the same time Morgan Freeman (along with John Cusack) is the main lead in this film and would be having much more screen time.
As it was, "The Contract" proved to be a hard sell to everyone if its box office was anything to go by.