You know, one of the things in Hollywood is, there are only a few of us black actors that happen to be working. And nothing makes me happier than to be able to take another black actor's job.
As always with Chappelle's Show, while this was meant to be funny and set up the epic six-minute skit between Wayne and Dave, there was a sizable amount of truth to the statement. And since this skit aired in 2004, it began an Internet tradition that I've kept up for over eight years:
Every few months, I Google Image search "black actors," just to see what's going on.
Mindy Kaling's great "Flick Chicks" piece in this week's New Yorker (an excerpt from her forthcoming book) attacked common female-character cliches in romantic comedies (Sassy Best Friend, Love-Starved Type A, Sexy Klutz, etc.) But what of the menfolk and their tropes? Every romantic comedy needs a dude willing to do what women do in most movies: Stand around and wait for the main character to take some action and make all the crucial decisions that will ultimately determine their fate.
Like a femme High Fidelity, What's Your Number? takes the traditional romantic comedy suitor and multiplies him by thirteen. The whole movie seems like it might just be a ruse to find the next big male romantic-comedy lead. We divvied up the What's Your Number? harem of actors and assessed their chances at romantic comedy guydom. Since we can't cast Ryan Gosling in everything all the time, there will have to be some alternates.