QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘MANDELA’ SCREENWRITER – “12 YEARS A SLAVE SUCKED UP ALL THE GUILT ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE”

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The British screenwriter of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom says the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave “sucked up all the guilt about black people” during this year’s awards season.

During a speech at the Hay Festival William Nicholson told the audience:

“I’m incredibly proud of this film (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). Unfortunately it didn’t get the kind of acclaim that I wanted. It didn’t get Oscars.”

“Americans were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t think there was much left over to be nice about our film. So our film didn’t do as well as we’d hoped, which was a bit heartbreaking.

“Mandela died as I was in the royal premiere with Will and Kate. We were deluged with Mandela stuff and after a week we all thought, please take it away, we’ve heard enough about Mandela.”

He also went on to say that Mandela’s speeches were boring.

“All but one … were made up by me because his own are so boring. I know it sounds outrageous to say a thing like that, but when he came out of prison he made a speech and, God, you fell asleep.”

Hahahahahahaha.

William was desperately seeking those accolades but Steve McQueen, Solomon and Patsey came along and shut that down. 

Sounds like sour grapes to me. But for the record I still haven’t watched 12 Years A Slave, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Butler or The Help and I doubt I ever will. 

4 replies »

  1. Silly man, maybe the truth of it is people looked at the other films him and the director had been involved in and thought “what can these people do that is different to any other film about mandala”. Also i and many others was not feeling the casting for Mandala and i am a big fan of Idris.

    The funny thing is if Steve McQueen directed the Mandala film and William Nicholson wrote the script for the 12 years a slave film i bet Mandala would have won a Oscar then and 12 years a slave would have flopped.

  2. Cameron the issue was the script itself .I read most of the script online and I didn’t check the film because , really it looked like a long list items rather than a narrative of someone’s life .It was effectively soulless and most people could tell .
    This small minded bigot can go to hell.He is mad because Hollywood exec decided he’s going to direct “White chicks , the sequel ” lol!. .12 years a slave . A script by an an African american , directed by a west indian actors africans .Win Win .He is jealous

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