Sunday, January 17, 2021

Lenny Kravitz Believes His Race Factored Into Loss of ‘Big Little Lies’ Role

Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
at the Lenny Kravitz’ “Flash” Photo Exhibit Launch, Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 03-05-15

*Lenny Kravitz is convinced he lost out on a role in HBO’s hit TV show “Big Little Lies” because producers were uncomfortable with the idea of a black man playing the villain.

The series, based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, featured an all-star cast of mostly white women, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. Kravitz’ daughter, Zoe Kravitz, was the lone woman of color in the cast.

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Lenny was reportedly “considered to play one of the husbands” in the drama, but is adamant being “the only black man on the show” was a disadvantage during auditions.

“The word that came back to me was that, if I was the only black man on the show, they didn’t want me doing what it was that I would be doing,” he told the BBC. “So that ended up not happening. The director (Jean-Marc Vallee) was like, ‘I so want you for this but we’ll work together another time.’”

When probed on what character he was up for, Lenny responded: “I can’t really say,” but it appears he is referring to Celeste Wright’s abusive husband Perry – a role eventually given to Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, who won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance.

Kravitz says he can’t be too upset over the missed opportunity, because his daughter ended up cast as bohemian yoga teacher Bonnie in the drama.

“I’m much more happy that she got the role,” he smiled. “It worked out wonderfully.”

The rocker also squashed rumors that he would be joining the show for its second season, which will star Meryl Streep, after it was revealed Bonnie’s father could enter the drama.

“As fun as that sounds – that’s not going to happen,” he said. “But I love all the ladies in the show. I actually just saw them in LA, we had a birthday party for Reese Witherspoon and it was wonderful being with all the ladies and my daughter.”

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