Actor Danny Glover branded Hollywood studio executives racist after having a difficult time finding financial backers for his biopic on revolutionary Haitian general Toussaint L’Ouverture.
L’Ouverture led the militarized movement against the French to abolish slavery in Haiti in the late 1700s.
In July 2008, Glover told a Paris film seminar: “Producers said, ‘It’s a nice project, a great project … Where are the white heroes?'” The Pan-African Newswire reports that Glover added: “I couldn’t get the money here. I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. … The first question you get is, ‘Is it a Black film?’ All of them agree, ‘It’s not going to do good in Europe, it’s not going to do good in Japan.’ Somebody has to prove that to be a lie.”