What if you could rewrite Hollywood. By adding your own characters, mixing in real people and adding in the backdrop of the Golden age of Hollywood. In the new Netflix series that’s exactly what Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story,Glee) does.
Imagine Hollywood in the 1940’s the Glamor, the lights and the Stars. You saw men be men, women be women and movies that were simple and wholesome. Now that all changes when Ryan Murphy comes into the picture. Imagine a studio like Paramount, or MGM making a movie that not only is written by a Gay black man, but stars a Black female actress.
Let’s back up for a second. Hollywood in the 40’s wasn’t as accepting at it is now. Even after World War 2 were black and whites fought side by side. Hollywood was scared to break the stereotypes. Blacks were casts as servants, maids or even Slaves. Even Walt Disney himself had a film that was racist Song of the South dipected slaves actually happy that they were slaves. Hollywood execs were afraid to change from society, that even after Hattie McDaniel became the first african american actress to win an Oscar, Hollywood was still afraid to push the limit. It wasn’t until 24 years later when Sidney Poitier won Best actor that the academy started getting recognized. Blacks weren’t the only ones shunned by Hollywood Asians, Mexican and Gays were also shunned, or type casted. One of the most famous was Chinese American actress Anna May Wong who was the first Chinese American Movie Star. Who in 1935 lost the role of O-lan a Chinese Farmer to a German actress Lusie Rainer in The Golden Earth
William “Billy” Haines (1936)
In the new Limited series Hollywood on Netflix Murphy rewrites a version of Hollywood that is different. In Murphys version of Hollywood in the 1930’s a young director wants to make a ground breaking movie Raymond Ainsley (Emmy Winner Darren Criss) looking through a pile of scripts finds one called Peg about Peg Entwistle the young girl who jumped off the Hollywood sign. The script was written by Archie Coleman (Jeremy Pope) Ainsley meets with Coleman finds out he is not only Black but Gay. Ainsley instantly think he has a hit, but he must convince the studio to do it. The next day Ainsley meets with Dick Samuels (Joe Mantello) after much deliberation Samuels decides to greenlight the project. When Ainsley gets home he talks to his girlfriend an African American actress Camille Washington (Laura Harrier) and insists she auditioned determined to change how the world and society feels about the blacks these 4 people want to change it.
Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and Rob Reiner (The New Girl) it also stars Mira Sorvino, Dylan McDermott, and Patti Lupone if you get a chance to check this out I would recommend it. Ryan Murphy rewrites Hollywood, and makes it his own. I give it 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻.