Zoe Kravitz: I couldn't audition for 'Dark Knight Rises' because I'm 'urban'

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Zoe Kravitz arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Tom Hardy and Zoe Kravitz seen at the Warner Bros. premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Miley Cyrus, left, and Zoe Kravitz arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the CHANEL 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar Restaurant on Monday, April 20, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the premiere of "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, March 16, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Zoe Kravitz arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Zoe Kravitz arrives at the Michael Kors launch of Claiborne Swanson Frank's "Young Hollywood" on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Zoe Kravitz poses for photographers during the Good Kill photo call, the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Zoe Kravitz attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Zoe Kravitz arrives at the world premiere of "Divergent" at the Regency Bruin Theatre on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Sean Bobbitt accepts the award for best cinematography from Zoe Kravitz, left, for "12 Years a Slave" on stage at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, on Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Zoe Kravitz attends the "Divergent" press line on Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Zoe Kravitz and Alison Mosshart are seen at the Fall 2013 Alexander Wang Runway Show, on Saturday, February 09, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Zoe Kravitz attends CHANEL's The Little Black Jacket Exhibition on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Actress Zoe Kravitz, from left, Olivia Palermo and Louise Roe attend the Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012 show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/ Donald Traill)
Actress Zoe Kravitz, left, and Zoe Lister-Jones attend a special screening of "The Hunger Games" hosted by The Cinema Society and Calvin Klein Collection at SVA Theatre on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Skylight Soho on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actors Michael Fassbender, left, Zoe Kravitz, and James McAvoy during a photo call for the film X-Men, First Class, in London, Monday, May, 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Zoe Kravitz attends the premiere of "X-Men: First Class" at The Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the premiere of "Jane Eyre" in New York on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
U.S. Actresses Zoe Kravitz and director arrive for the screening of the movie Yelling To The Sky at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
U.S. actress Zoe Kravitz attends a photo-call about the movie Yelling To The Sky during the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Kai-Uwe Knoth)
Zoe Kravitz arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, March 7, 2010, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Zoe Kravitz arrives to The Cinema Society premiere of "Twelve" in New York on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Musician Lenny Kravitz and daughter Zoe attend a New York Film Festival screening of 'Precious' at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Zoe Kravitz, left, singer Santogold and actress Joy Bryant, right, attend the Matthew Williamson Fall 2009 fashion show at Bryant Park, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the premiere of "The Greatest" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Photo by: Joseph Frisenda/starmaxinc.com �2008 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/26/08 Zoe Kravitz at the after party for "Tennessee". (Tenjune, NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Ben Foster, right, and model Zoe Kravitz, left, pose on the press line at the premiere of the Lionsgate feature film "3:10 To Yuma" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Zoe Kravitz arrives to the premiere of "Assassination of a High School President " in Park City, Utah, on Wednesday Jan. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Actress Zoe Kravitz attends a Cinema Society screening of "Elegy" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Photo by: Victor Malafronte/starmaxinc.com �2007 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 9/10/07 Zoe Kravitz at the premiere of "The Brave One". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Stephen Trupp STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 11/14/02 Lenny Kravitz with daughter, Zoe, at the "Vicotria's Secret" Fashion Show. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
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In the middle of a remarkably candid time for Hollywood actresses, Zoe Kravitz tells Nylon she was denied the chance to audition for a part in The Dark Knight Rises because she was considered, in the unfortunate euphemism of the day, too "urban." As Kravitz recalled, "they told me that I couldn't get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren't 'going urban.' It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what's up, Batman? What's going on wit chu?'"

Which, frankly, would have been preferable to the way Bane spoke.

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