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Michael Keaton says merchandise of his ‘Beetlejuice’ character was “fucking weird”

Michael Keaton has admitted that seeing his character from Beetlejuice being merchandised was “fucking weird”.The actor is due to return as the character Betelgeuse in upcoming sequel Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, having originated the role in the 1988 Tim Burton classic.Speaking in a new interview about getting back into character, especially given his wider pop cultural recognition since the first film was released, Keaton explained that he went back to basics.“There’s been so much merchandising of it, I had to drop back to where it started,” he told Empire.“I had to go, ‘What was my unusual imagination even thinking about when I was developing it in the first place?’ As opposed to seeing a coffee mug or a golf-club cover [adorned with Betelgeuse’s face].”He elaborated: “That was fucking weird. To be honest with you – I’m being very frank – it was off-putting, to look and go, ‘I don’t want to look like all these little things, fuck that – what was the thing that started this?’”Teasing the sequel further, Keaton said of the film: “I love it.
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‘Queen Cleopatra’ director responds to “blackwashing” backlash: “Why shouldn’t Cleopatra be a melanated sister?”
Netflix‘s upcoming docudrama Queen Cleopatra has addressed the backlash over casting a Black actress in the lead role.Casualty star Adele James was announced as the lead of the series in April, but criticism soon followed in Egypt, with many accusing the docudrama of “blackwashing” the country’s history. One lawyer even filed lawsuit against Netflix, claiming the series had contradicted and distorted Egyptian history in favour of promoting Afrocentrism.However, in a new piece for Variety, director Tina Gharayi hit back at critics, arguing “it’s more likely that Cleopatra looked like Adele than Elizabeth Taylor,” who famously portrayed the historical figure in 1963’s Cleopatra.“For me, the idea that people had gotten it so incredibly wrong before — historically, from Theda Bara to Monica Bellucci, and recently, with Angelina Jolie and Gal Gadot in the running to play her — meant we had to get it even more right,” wrote Gharayi.“Why shouldn’t Cleopatra be a melanated sister? And why do some people need Cleopatra to be white? Her proximity to whiteness seems to give her value, and for some Egyptians it seems to really matter.”She continued: “After much hang-wringing and countless auditions, we found in Adele James an actor who could convey not only Cleopatra’s beauty but also her strength.
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