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Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day! Scream for your life!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

From the “Careful What You Wish For” Files comes this shot from the original 1933 King Kong.

We had some talkback wanting more ethnicity in the BTS pics and then someone joked I should respond to that with a blackface native shot from Kong… well, I just so happened to have such a thing.

Is it still considered blackface when a black actor wears it? Noble Johnson, one of the pioneering black actors of his day, played the part of the Native Chief in Kong, but his make-up is pretty… thick, as evidenced in this picture.

Political correctness aside, I love that Johnson is half in make-up chilling on the set with his rather large dog.

I’m not 100% sure, but I think that’s Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack standing with Noble and his dog.

Click for the bigger version! Hope you guys enjoy!

 

 

Shhhh! Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is listening to reason!

-Quint
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  • Feb. 18, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    FIRst

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    "Oh yeah. We're they hosing him down?"

    by phifty2

    Pee Wee tomorrow.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    fucking where

    by phifty2

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    oh and an "are" as well.

    by phifty2

    Why isn't there a Whe're?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Is that Mike Vick???

    by Mr Soze

    Just asking

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Oh shit this is going to get ugly watch

    by Phategod100

    in 4.. 3...2..1..

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I feel a racial CHOPdown at hand...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    "What's up, dog?"

    by Tigger Tales

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Cool. A black actor in black face.

    by iakobos

    Never heard of (seen) such a thing.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Black actor?

    by nolan bautista

    what does he have on his hands and (exposed) chest? whiteface?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Since When did Obama Cameo in King Kong ???

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Is blackface really defined just as a white person wearing black makeup?

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I've always gotten the impression that blackface involved more than just changing one's color, but also involved racial stereotyping...Extra red makeup around the mouth to give the appearance of increase in lip size comes to mind as far as appearance. Also, I would think to qualify as true blackface, the performers would need to implement turn of the century stereotypes that were actually used in blackface performances: simpleton dialogue in an overly-cartoonified black dialect, shuffling, etc. Thoughts?...

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Iakobos, Bamboozled had black actors in black face...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Interesting film I might add...

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Are you sure this is the right BTSPOD

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Or did Quint accidentally switch the pic with "A Candid Moment of Obama talking with the Press core"

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    There's a Snow Crash movie?

    by UltimaRex

    WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?!?! WHY WASN'T I TOLD!?!? WHAT TH- What th- What?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Looks like Pesci in the middle.

    by la_sith

    "Like I'm a clown? I'm here to fucking amuse you?"

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    poor puppy. : (

    by vulturess

    looks traumatized. and starving.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks Quint

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    You just made my day.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Totally confused. That's a white guy. What are you like..

    by UltraTron

    talking about.. man?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    That's the best pic of...

    by Ricky Retardo

    Barack and Michelle I've ever seen!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    I bet that dog is racist

    by Redhead_Redemption

    He looks like he hates being owned by a black guy

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Yes it is blackface when performed by a black actor!

    by IrvingForbush

    You're a film critic and don't know anything about the history of black face, probably the first form of American Mass Media? Many of the most famous black face performers were black. The only roles they could get in Hollywood or on Vaudeville were playing black caricatures. Everyone in DW Griffith's Birth of the Nation outside of the lead roles were played by black actors in blackface. It's a horrible, ugly time in cinema and we've barely progressed since then, but for God's sake. Learn your history.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    This was the Obama I was HOPING for

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    He's white after all

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Is there anything lower....

    by Odkin

    than being an actor's dog?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    A little joke...

    by Cowell Bunga

    So a black guy walks onto a movie set with a beautiful large dog. The co-producers/co-directors see this and approach the black guy and say "Wow! He's beautiful! Where did you get him?" So the dog says "In Africa...the jungle's full of these fuckin' niggers!" Bada-boom-boom-crash!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Ah don't knows nuthin' 'bout no birf certifakit

    by top_cat_james

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN TONIGHT IN NYC

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    tix are still available!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    WHERE THE WHITE WOMEN AT...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    we've barely progressed since then

    by Ricky Retardo

    That's the most idiotic thing I've seen in a long time. You need a Draino enema to clear out your brain.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    If that guy is BLACK why does he have WHITE HANDS!?!?!?

    by golden tribw

    ...............

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    to expand on irvingforbush's post

    by tilde44

    part of the reason for black actors wearing blackface was to give them a more comical appearance, thereby making them seem less "scary" or "threatening" to the white audience. the phenomenon of african-american actors in drag plays the same role in today's society.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    If you are on an ethnicity kick

    by Fred

    rustle up some Chief Dan George.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's still blackface.

    by MaliceHighload

    There's a long history of black actors having to wear black makeup and play stereotypes. Look into Donald Bogle's work.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Aint it Racist

    by Nerd Rage

    I'd expect a pic like this to show up on stormfront. What exacly makes this a "cool" behind the scenes pic?

  • Just kidding, Choppy.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Pee-Wee tomorrow

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And it keeps KNITTING...and KNITTING...and KNITTING...

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    That dog looks uncomfortable

    by HornyForHarry

    and I's day that's a white dude

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    by HornyForHarry

    ^^ that wasn't racist I's just typed too fast

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    It's NOT a white guy, you morons...

    by Messiahman

    Noble Johnson was a light-skinned black man. For God's sake, do two seconds of research before you type out idiocy.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    What a shame

    by Darth Thoth

    This one hurts. It does. I'm probably more shocked than anything as I type this. I love AICN. Been a fan for years. But I may actually have to take some time off from this site. It's hard enough dealing with the many racist, sexist, and homophobic bigots in the talkbacks. They make it really difficult for the rest of us who come together to this site out of a love of cinema and all things cool. We deal with enough crap every day in our lives. A site like this should be where we all can come together despite our differences and find common ground and community out of a love of film. But hey, there are idiots everywhere and so we have to deal. And yes, I'm calling all racists, sexists, and homophobes idiots. Yes I am. It's 2011. Enough with the hate! Enough already! But talkbackers aside, I have to say Quint that I'm disappointed man. I love your work on AICN. We're similar ages and so I can relate probably more to your perspective as a movie fan than the other writers here. That said- come on man. You're better than this. Some idiot talkbacker jokes that in order to increase the ethnic diversity of the BTS pic we should get a shot of a blackface native from King Kong and you validate such ignorance with this?!! Come on man! You should know better and if not then read up on it. If you consider yourself a film critic then read up on the history of blackface and how demeaning it was to black people, whether it was a white or black actor in it. How can you joke "political correctness aside" when so many lives were and still are affected by white supremacy? This isn't just an aside. Sorry, that's a privilege just not afforded black people in this country. Your skills, knowlege, passion, and position grants you enormous power. But there's responsibility that goes along with it. You could have easily presented this picture with a few words about the pioneering work of Noble Johnson while acknowledging all that he had to go through as a black actor in that time period. You could have given him real dignity. You could have used this as a teachable moment for all of us... to further the cause of racial justice and reconciliation. Instead, what you have here is a slap in the face. It's a slap in the face to me as a black man. And it's a slap in the face to anyone- black, white, or whatever who believes in racial justice and equality. This is how AICN celebrates Black History Month? What a joke man. And actually, it's a violation. And it hurts. And I'm probably going to need to take some time off from AICN after this. I hope anyone reading this understands where I'm coming from. If we're going to progess as a society then we all have to respect one another and share in each other's pains... and joys. That is how we work toward universal respect, dignity, and peace. And love. And I think that's all I have to say about this. Have a great night everyone.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    preach on brother

    by Phategod100

    half the people in this tb should be banned for th Obama jokes and N*gger Jokes

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Percentages

    by Hipshot

    So...look at the number of comments on this talkback. What percentage of them are racist? 20%? 25? Now, personally I think that is larger than the actual percentage of white racist assholes in comparison to good decent white folks...probably about 10%. But anyone who looks at this, and asks themselves why blacks have had so much trouble catching up, needs to grasp that there is at least one of these venomous, ball-less wonders for every black man, woman, and child in this country, hiding and sniping from the bushes. When I think about that, it amazes me we've come as far as we have.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Darth Thoth

    by 2LeggedFreak

    AICN hasn't suddenly turned into what you see before you now. Its always been this way. And some of it is driven by the idiots that run the sight. So really whingeing about what you find here is just pointless. You probably shouldn't be here in the first place if you are that sensitive. By the way I do tend to treat much of the racist crap on here as people being ironic. If they're not then tough on them because I take their nonsense as seriously as I take yours. i.e. not at all.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    geoffrey_fourmyle

    by 2LeggedFreak

    I'm so hurt. Yes its a fact that I don't know whether you are 6 or 60. Whether you are a nuclear physicist or a child molester. It still hurts me when an anonymous poster tells me to fuck off...because your opinion means so much to me.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    That guy on the left

    by buggerbugger

    Is he part of the Skull Island DHARMA Initiative?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    British Television..

    by BookhouseBoy

    ..still broadcast black and white minstrel shows right up to the late 70s. What this has to do with King Kong I really dont know.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I'm very disappointed AICN

    by lochkray

    I`m with the group that`s unamused by your response to the lack of ethnic pictures by putting up this one. Put it up on its own, independent of the baiting, and its not that bad, but this just comes off ignorant Quint. And the number of biggoted comments in the talkback disgust me. I won`t say you should ban them all, because I do believe in free speach, no matter how ugly. But I find myself questioning whether I want to assosciate myself with a group with so many vile individuals. Nerds and geeks used to be directly associated with some level of intelligence. This is sad.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Fantastic Irony as usual

    by 2LeggedFreak

    "Nerds and geeks used to be directly associated with some level of intelligence. This is sad." Except on this site where racism is the least of our problems. The vile mysogny led by the pervert at the top has permeated this site and been fed on by the testosterone addled tbers for years Its women who should be most threatened by the scum that floats here. Not blacks.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    2leggedfreak

    by lochkray

    Careful, you might get a picture of Mrs.Doubtfire as a response to your concerns. And I KNOW I fucked up on the last line after I posted it. I Just hoped it got ignored. Thanks for pointing it out. Damned lack of editing button...

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Wait, So let me get this straight....

    by Father

    ......someone suggested that you should show more non white actors in the behind the scenes pic of the day and in response you show a racist caricature from king kong because some random person "joked" that you should do it? This is a seriously unprofessional and stupid move, quint. I seriously thought that you were better than this and i was wrong.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    This picture is a worthy milestone in the history of cinema...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Funny. As in "odd" funny. You enlightened liberals all have your knickers in a twist over what you demagogue as an indication of Quint's racism and the overall racism of this website as a whole. Meanwhile, what I see is a snapshot in time that captures the determination and preserverity of the American black actor. It has inspired me to reflect and marvel at how much we have evolved in our way of thinking since then. But then again, you folks operate on emotion. I prefer logic and reason. I'm a conservative.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    We need a King Kong

    by seabiscuits

    statue in New York City

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Big Momma's House = Minstrel show w/o the humour

    by deelzbub

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Preserverity?

    by diverdan

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    He was a cross-over star

    by deelzbub

    From starring in classic Black Cinema roles to Major Hollywood blockbusters, he lived the posh Hollywood lifestyle, something denied to anyone who lived outside of L.A. Often bringing his large dogs on set with him, he was a art deco-era Will Smith. He enjoyed take-out from the best resaurants.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Blackface is blackface no matter who wears it

    by Shaner Jedi

    it has to do with an exaggerated racial stereotype. Big lips, over the top excitement, etc. Watch Bamboozled. I don't like Spike's politics but that film does show some truths about what blackface really means.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    The meaning of a communication

    by Hipshot

    Is not your intent...it is the reaction one gets from others. You might think "Chinga tu madre" means "pleased to meet you", but the instant a Mexican tells you it means "fuck your mother" you can no longer hide behind your "intent." The next time you say it, you meant to offend, or at the least, didn't give a shit. When guys make a "I Spit On Your Grave" remake after women almost universally found the original incredibly offensive, you can't claim it was for "female empowerment"--although that's a nice pile of bullshit to hide behind. If the forces behind AICN are all white (and that certainly seems to be true) and they know that such images are offensive, then they mean to offend. If they were all black, and posted images insulting to white people, and those white readers complained about it, if they continued, they would be rightfully considered racist assholes. For whatever reason, Quint thought this would be funny. I promise that he has sensitivities, even if we haven't found them. Perhaps a relative with a certain disease. Obesity. Child abuse. Rape. We all have sensitivities, and part of living in a society is the quality of courtesy. When people of one group use a position of authority and power to shit on the emotions of others and say "you can't take a joke" it is nonsense. We've all known bullies and sadists, and this is the game they play: they know they are bigger, they hit you and then demand you "fight fair" or know that they are "only joking." I don't know who damaged Quint's sense of empathy, but I doubt he really understood that he is playing to the very lowest denominator, to the very cheapest seats in the house. An apology would be nice. Simple commitment not to deliberately amuse the racists at AICN (of which there is no greater percentage than found in the general population) would be better. Frankly, I feel a little sorry for him, a little like a teenager who still thinks it's amusing to stick his hand in the potty and smear it on the wall.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    michael_jacksons_cold_dead_pale_corpse

    by Hipshot

    I don't understand your definition of "hate." Does it include creating sympathetic portrayals of members of the group? Attracting powerful and independent members of the group to work with you, repeatedly? Being lauded by members of that group? Hate generally leads to damaging and negative actions. What actions are these? Spike's attempt to control image systems by criticizing portrayals of blacks by white directors might be seen as self-aggrandisement, pettiness, or whatever, but "hate"? That would seem kind of a stretch. "More than Hitler hated Jews?" A clear absurdity. Would you care to state your case more realistically?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Scatman Crothers ruled the Minstrel Show

    by deelzbub

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4AJ5jsRKI0

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    wow, really? a black dude playing a native?

    by Jonathhan Kana

    so for the first pic with something other than a white man...you decide to put up a black man playing some racist shit. is that supposed to be HAHAH funny, motherfucka? AINTITKKKOOLNEWS, amirite? no sidney, no spike, no oscar,no ozzie.....just some stereotypical african. fuck u man.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    and actually, Im glad he did this

    by Jonathhan Kana

    shows what these guys , all of em who run this site, really think. As the guy who asked for more diversity, Im gonna also be the guy who will ask your sponsors to drop you. They will be shown this post, the talk back with the racist comments about our PRESIDENT, the nigger jokes, and how none of the people associated have ever been banned. What should have been easy for you turned into something u thought was mock worthy. Well Im glad you showed your true colors Quint. You are just as bad as Harry and the rest. Good job. And I cant wait til this site closes its doors because of this kind of racist shit.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Immortal Fish

    by lochkray

    Having talkbackers complain about a lack of ethnic diversity in the dialy pics, then having a smart-ass suggest putting up a pic of a person in blackface in response, then one of the site administrators putting such a picture up in that context, and then believing this best be seen as a testament to the hurdles overcome by black actors? That is neither logical nor reasonable. Interpretting unpleasant social issues in a way that maintains personal comfort without addressing problematic root cause? Now THAT's conservative.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    exactly lochkray

    by Jonathhan Kana

    Quint posting this picture first in the context of the discussion is a back handed compliment if i ever saw one. And it sucks that Im not even surprised. What will it take for people to change their fucked up thinking?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    the one black stormtrooper who got away with it?

    by Smack_Teddy

    "GENTRIFICATION!" <p> maybe he could at least be taken as token black guy actor-character who seperates the human natives from the big filthy ape boss...PJs The Passion of Saddam Hussein worked much better across the board for this reason

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    He's a criminal, too! Look at that prison jumpsuit!

    by Mel

    This guy is the where's waldo of racial stereotypes

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Wimps?

    by Hipshot

    You think it takes courage to force outnumbered, outgunned people into bestial stereotypes? Really? We're "wimps" in comparison? It takes courage and strength to stand up and demand your rights when you are outnumbered. It takes maturity to admit when you've been wrong. It takes no strength at all to set yourself up as superior when you have the upper hand. None. It's like saying: "if you have numerical advantage, you're a wimp not to rape and pillage." Thank you for revealing your colors.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Geoffry...

    by Hipshot

    I can respect that pov, even if I disagree with it a bit. That is another discussion, and one worthy of respectful debate. If that was what was intended, I apologize.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by Hipshot

    My dad was part of that generation, and I honor them. "Greatest" is just a label. And we are great, in our own way. Maybe I believe in you more than you believe in yourself?

  • "folks you'll love this one its a zinger: 'ooooh Daddy, i'm a wimpy girl-boy child! I don't think the towellheads are the Nazis and we should pick up a gun. I'm scared! Internet is fun! No one literally gets killed on the internet! Oh look i think i might be having my first period!' " <p> Audience/Hanks: "AHHHHAHAHAHA!"<p> Letterman (nervous, sweating under collar) "ah ha..yeah...haaa!"

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    how many french played the french in Taken?

    by Smack_Teddy

    Liam Neeson read this article and needs to know. Because for a second there he thought he was a real man, but now hes terrified that this could have been at the cost of being party to discriminatory racism.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I don't understand

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    I got punched in the mouth by a black man the other day. Total surprise. All i said was "Golly you're tall!!"

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Why is this such a surprise?

    by Damned if I can login

    Black entertainers with light skin were often required to wear blackface. The times were what they were. I'm not trying to take *any* stand at all, it's simply a fact. And in terms of ethnic roles, well, look at just a few examples: Jeff Chandler played Cochise Donna Reed played Sacajawea John Wayne played Atilla Warner Oland played Charlie Chan Debra Padget made her career playing ethnic roles And the list goes on and on. It's all a part of history now.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    lochkray

    by Immortal_Fish

    That would be an awesome retort if I was, you know, white. Care to try again? And since when do I have to account for root cause of racial tensions in an AICN Talkback window of all things?