Angelina Jolie has been getting grief from some critics about playing Cleopatra in a new film based on Stacy Schiff’s book “Cleopatra: A Life.”
“She’s too white.” Shirea Carroll wrote in an editorial for Essence.com.
How can a white woman be too white? Cleopatra was a Ptolemy – a Greek. If Shirea cared to check, she could have found photos of recently recovered statues of Cleopatra from a temple just north of Alexandria.
The New York Daily News had a photo of a silly computer generated model some scientist put together by adding negroid features to an early image of Cleopatra taken from coins. Yeah, that’s real accurate.
Anyway, Angelina will have her work cut out for her because everyone will compare her to Elizabeth Taylor. A tough act to follow because it was more than a movie back then. It was that magnetic relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that extended beyond the movie into real life. And we all watched it as it was happening.
Jolie has the looks and the talent to pull off the movie. More interesting, though – who will play Marc Antony?
Enjoy the iconic scene from the movie when Cleopatra enters Rome with Caesar’s son: