This cannot not be a main post. Taken from an interview with director with Harold Ramis -more popularly known as the Dr. Egon Spengler from the Ghostbusters movie- and directly lifted from Noel Vera’s blog:
The Believer: Rumor has it that you turned down the chance to direct Disneyâ€™s remake of Guess Whoâ€™s Coming to Dinner because you felt they werenâ€™t interested in really exploring racism.
Harold Ramis: The way they wanted to do it didnâ€™t have a lot to do with the colossal amount of pain and violence that swirls around racial injustice. It wouldâ€™ve been like an episode of The Jeffersons. Whatâ€™s the point? But who knows, maybe thatâ€™s as much as most people want. I canâ€™t tell you how many people have told me, â€œWhen I go to the movies, I donâ€™t want to think.â€
BLVR: Does that offend you as a filmmaker?
HR: It offends me as a human being. Why wouldnâ€™t you want to think? What does that mean? Why not just shoot yourself in the f@*%ing head?Â
Hey, I’m not the biggest fan of Ramis’ work, but this is one simply brilliant insight. Disseminate this info!