'black-ish' Anthony Anderson on the Oscar 'Moonlight' mix-up
Star and executive producer of ABC's Emmy-nominated sitcom "black-ish," Anthony Anderson pitched the series to Disney after reflecting on what he felt was "missing from the landscape of television." Creating storytelling opportunities is what fuels his fire. "If roles aren't being written for me, I can't expect anybody to write them for me unless I write them for myself." Anderson believes power is achieved by having intellectual property greenlit, "so, that's what I do. I create opportunities not only for me, but for other people who look like me and you to go out and tell these stories."
"black-ish" does not aim to tackle the news-based conversations of 2017. Rather, it is "literally" based off Anderson's life. He shared the following example: "My son came home one day and was like 'I don't feel black.'" I told him he was "100% black" and one day would have to "deal with how black you are." Anderson acknowledged his success' impacts how his son views the world. His delicate balance of concerns led to a compromise that became the "black-ish" Season 1 premiere episode, "Pilot." Anderson threw his son a "bro mitzvah" 13th Birthday, complete with a T-Shirt graffiti artist. These are the stories that led to "black-ish."
Anthony Anderson had a "cracked case" to share when he stopped by BUILD to discuss his role as Dre, a family man that struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. "We're not Law and Order. We don't snatch from the headlines or try to be topical," Anderson explained. Luckily, Anderson provides fans with his perspective on breaking news, like the 2017 Oscars, via Twitter.
During his BUILD interview, Anderson reflected on his creative process from that Sunday night. "I'm doing my best detective, Kevin Bernard Law & Order investigative-you-know-thing." He continued, "you heard her say she had the envelope, so how could he say he had it? What's going on with that? You don't make a mistake like that. It was cleared up later that evening and in the next day. There are two sets of envelopes on either side of the stage."
Today, working in show business comes with great programming and even greater responsibility. "It cost the cast and the directors and the producers of Moonlight," he said sternly. "It cost them their celebratory experience. They don't get the circumstance and standing ovation and confetti falling." Anderson felt the mishap cost "Moonlight" their celebratory experience while simultaneously disappointing "La La Land," by "having them realize, in all of their elation," they did not win Best Picture. "It's real time TV. It's what happened and we all do what we have to do in the moment, maybe good bad or indifferent."
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