‘Bridgerton’ star Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings aka Rege-Jean Page recently spoke after several reports claimed he was overlooked for a role due to his skin color. The 31-year-old star previously auditioned for the role of Superman’s grandfather in the sci-fi series ‘Krypton’ but was turned down the role because DC Films co-founder Geoff Johns , said the character couldn’t be black, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.
In a tweet shared on Wednesday, Page appeared to address the report and admitted that the “clarifications” as to why he was not chosen for the project “almost hurt more.” He tweeted: “Hearing about those conversations doesn’t hurt any less now than it did then. The clarifications almost hurt more. I still do my thing. We still do the job. We still fly.”
While Page doesn’t mention “Krypton” by name in the tweet, he ends it with the words “We Always Fly,” which apparently refers to Superman’s ability to fly. The bomb allegation was part of a larger account of racism and misconduct during the making of “Justice League.”
In the Hollywood Reporter briefing on actor Ray Fisher’s allegations of misconduct regarding the production of ‘Justice League’, the outlet cited multiple sources who alleged that Geoff Johns, the executive overseeing ‘Krypton’ ‘, had rejected the cast of Page because he said that Superman could not have a black Grandpa.
In response, Johns’ rep had shared a statement claiming the casting process “is tweaked to be something it’s not.”
Johns’ rep provided a statement that called the claims about why Page was not thrown “an oversimplification.” The statement says that Page never progressed beyond his first audition for the role and that “he never got to the stage where he would be selected by the producers to be sent to the studio nor has he ever tested. officially for WBTV. “
“The role was for Superman’s grandfather – who came after the Justice League films and the decision was made that the role was meant to reflect Henry Cavill and his father who was played by Russell Crowe in the film. “, the statement continued. The statement added: “The actor chosen as such was supposed to look like either of the actors. It’s tweaked to be something it’s not and someone throws a name there. down to make the headlines. “