Why It Matters That 'Oppenheimer' Casts Non-Jews in Jewish Roles
In the film, Oppenheimer, two non-Jewish actors played the parts of real-life Jews (J. Robert Oppenheimer and Lewis Stauss), whose Jewishness was an important component of their stories. Levs argues that the lived experience of members of minority groups with prejudice and discrimination can inform their acting and can "help people learn about, and even develop empathy for, members of that minority group." He argues that, at a time of rising antisemitic speech and incidents, the choice of non-Jewish actors to play these roles was a missed opportunity. Click on the link to read the article.
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