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The choice of a non-Jewish actress to play Golda Mayor is being discussed in the UK

The choice of a non-Jewish actress to play Golda Mayor is being discussed in the UK

British actress Helen Mirran stars in a biopic of the former Prime Minister of Israel. Re-expressed an acting and controversial comment that was criticized by another actress “jewface”.

Should we give priority to non-Jewish actors in portraying Jewish characters? The issue resurfaced in the British press in early January, following a column by actress Maureen Lipman in a British Jewish weekly. Jewish Chronicle Son “Difference of opinion” With the cast of the film Golda. The biography, which is currently in production, is directed by Guy Native with British actress Helen Mirran, Golda Meyer (Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974).

“It simply came to our notice then [de Golda Meir] Is an integral part of his character ”, Maureen Lipman said in a January 3 article. He was interviewed there by several Jewish personalities to comment on the statements of another actress, Tom Tom Greek. In an interview The Telegraph In December, he wondered if the latter would still be considered the best place today “Christianity”, Get down to the role of a Jewish mother she played Friday dinner (A sitcom aired in the UK from 2011 to 2020, featuring the Sabbaths of a Jewish family in north London).

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Lipman clarified Jewish Chronicle : Helen Mirran’s Talent – Won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth II in 2006. Queen By Stephen Friers – No question. “I have no doubt he will play a better role [de Golda Meir], She insists. But Ben Kingsley will not be allowed [un acteur britannique d’origine indienne] To play Nelson Mandela. That is not possible. ”

The entire channel is covered by multiple media (including the site) BBC), Did not fail to respond to this statement. Journalist and writer Stephen Pollard – until recently edited Jewish Chronicle Maureen Lipman announced on Twitter that she was not “It could still be wrong”. He argues:

If we follow his logic, he is the only character an actor can play.

Four times Queen of England

In Viewer, Journalist Vanessa Thorpe points out that 76-year-old Helen Mirran (her paternal grandfather is a former Tsar officer who took refuge in the United Kingdom) has already portrayed many characters who are not like her. In his long life, “We saw Lady Macbeth playing the role of a gang lover, a thief’s wife, a drunk detective, a heroine in an action film. [masculin] De Prospero, as well as the Queen of England, has acted at least four times”.

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Maureen Lipman (whose career focuses mainly on British drama and television) has spoken in the past about the choice of translators for Jewish characters. In 2019, he was one of the signatories to an open letter issued during production in London Falcetos, The theme of identity is a Broadway musical


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