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Actor Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League, public prosecutor Joss Whedon accused of “violent” on-set behavior earlier this year. In a new interview with Forbes, Fisher goes into more detail on why he spoke out against Whedon (who replaced the film’s original director Zack Snyder) as well as Warner Bros. leaders Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, who have resigned.
The last straw? Fisher claims that Joss Whedon changed a practitioner of colored skin color in the record digitally. “What burned my soul and forced me to talk about Joss Whedon this summer was that I was informed that Joss had ordered a color actor to be changed in post-production because he did not like the color of their skin color,” claims the actor. “Man, with all that 2020 has been, it was the tipping point for me.”
Fisher also points to the reduced roles or removal of color characters in the film following Whedon’s involvement in the production. Zheng Kais’ Ryan Choi got himself booked for a foul Justice League, as well as Karen Bryson’s role as Cyborg’s mother Ellinore and Kiersey Clemon’s Iris West. Meanwhile, Joe Morton’s appearance on screen as Cyborg’s father, Silas, was also diminished. All of these characters appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut according to Forbes. Fisher says, “I always suspect that race was a determining factor in the way things went down, but it wasn’t until last summer that I was able to prove it.”
“Race was just one of the problems with the conversion process,” Fisher adds. “There were massive explosions, threats, coercion, mockery, insecure working conditions, trivialization and gas lighting that you would not believe.”
Fisher also said that others involved in the production informed him that “racist conversations” were allegedly taking place about the film’s artists, whose content the actor said he heard via “coded” notes he received from Geoff Johns. “Before Justice League‘s resumption process, blatantly racist talks were held and entertained – on several occasions – by former and current top executives at Warner Bros. Pictures, ”he says. The decision makers who participated in these racist conversations were Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, and currently chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Toby Emmerich. ”
Last month, Warner Bros. said Fisher had so far refused to meet with their third-party investigator about his allegations. The actor now claims that the original company conducting the investigation was withdrawn and a new company is currently conducting their investigation.
“Much of what these guys did was in an attempt to prevent themselves from being fired during AT & T’s merger with Time Warner,” says Fisher. Forbes. “I plan to be more specific about each of these guys once the survey is complete – this interview is just the abbreviated version.” You can read his full interview here.
Update on Friday, October 30 at 12.30: Joss Whedon has issued a statement denying Ray Fisher’s allegations that he digitally changed an actor’s skin color. Justice League. In a statement to Weekly entertainment, Whedon said the following regarding Fisher’s allegations:
The person who offered this statement acknowledged that this was just something he had heard from someone else and accepted as truth when in fact simple research would prove it to be false. As is standard on almost all movies, there were many people involved in mixing the final product, including the editor, person with special effects, composer, etc. with the senior colorist who was responsible for the tone, colors and mood of the final version. This process was further complicated on this project by the fact that [original director] Zack [Snyder] shot on film, while Joss shot on digital, which required the team, led by the same senior colors who have worked on previous films for Zack, to unite the two.