'Things either call for things, or they don't,' says the director
Tim Burton has offered an explanation for the apparent lack of diversity in his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
The film, an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ popular fantasy novel, has been called into question for featuring a predominantly white cast, with pre-release publicity material suggesting Samuel L. Jackson is the only nonwhite actor playing a reasonably significant part.
Asked about diversity by Bustle, the director replied: “Nowadays, people are talking about it more,” before adding: “Things either call for things, or they don’t.”
“I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct,” Burton continued. “Like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black. I used to get more offended by that than just… I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies.”
Bustle also asked Jackson about the film’s lack of diversity, and report that the actor said he had “noticed it”.
Jackson continued: “I had to go back in my head and go, how many black characters have been in Tim Burton movies? And I may have been the first, I don’t know, or the most prominent in that particular way, but it happens the way it happens. I don’t think it’s any fault of his or his method of storytelling, it’s just how it’s played out. Tim’s a really great guy.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children hits cinemas tomorrow (September 30). Watch the trailer below.