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Actor re-edits films to demonstrate Hollywood's lack of diversity




A screen shot from 'Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in 'Moonrise Kingdom,'' as seen on Dylan Marron's YouTube channel.
A screen shot from 'Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in 'Moonrise Kingdom,'' as seen on Dylan Marron's YouTube channel.
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Hollywood has a diversity problem. That fact has been well-documented. But actor Dylan Marron is drilling the point home in a new and interesting way — by editing down popular movies, leaving in only the lines spoken by people of color.

Marron, known to many as Carlos the Scientist on the podcast, "Welcome to Night Vale," is posting the edited-down versions to his YouTube channel and a Tumblr called, "Every Single Word."

As it turns out, cutting the lines spoken by white actors out of many Hollywood films makes them extremely short.

Like in the case of the acclaimed Wes Anderson film, "Moonrise Kingdom." Marron's edited version is less than 10 seconds long.

Or the Oscar-winning film, "Black Swan." Marron's edited version is a measly 24 seconds long.
 

Marron said growing up as a person of color in the U.S., he rarely saw people like him in movies. It was a problem that would follow him into his career as an adult actor.

"As I was invited into more and more meetings with agents who would repeatedly tell me things like, 'Oh there's not going to be much work out there for you,' or, 'You're never going to play the romantic male lead,' you only hear that so many times before you stop accepting it as a reasonable response," he said.

Those experiences prompted him to edit down popular films. 

"I think it is so much more direct to share a problem by laying out a pattern for people to see, rather than getting on your megaphone and just screaming into it," Marron said.

 Listen to the full interview by clicking the blue audio player above.