The Furious 7 actor is blasting the magazine and demanding an apology for an article published on Saturday detailing why he shouldn’t be cast as Green Lantern.
You may recall, Tyrese was going hard in the muthabuckin paint in January after some fan art ignited the spark in him for the role.
Forbes contributor Benjamin Moore made some pretty strong arguments as to why Tyrese may not be the best choice for the role.
I say that as a fan of Tyrese as an actor! I think he has a real charm and presence about him. He’s funny, he’s good-looking, he’s cool. I’ve enjoyed his performances in the Fast & Furious movies. I even enjoyed his work in things like Transformers – which I did not like – and Four Brothers – which I thought was just okay. Having said that, what Tyrese is good at – or at least what he’s leaned heavily on as an actor in the past – has been flashy, braggy, over-the-top humor. When I think of John Stewart, I think of confident and cool, but not arrogant, and about as serious and understated as a superhero can get. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy. He doesn’t crack wise and he doesn’t show off. He’s basically the antithesis of Roman from Furious 7.
Does that mean I think that Tyrese can only play Roman-like roles? Of course not. But if Warner Bros. does cast Tyrese as John Stewart/Green Lantern, I confess I’ll be profoundly concerned that they’ve decided to turn that character into the DCCU’s comic relief. That’s absolutely not who John Stewart is as a Green Lantern. That said, it wouldn’t be the first time Warner Bros. tried to turn a Green Lantern character into a source of humor. They did the same with Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan in a blatant attempt at aping Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. That was a big mistake as well, but I think doing it to John Stewart would be even worse. After all, we’re talking about one of the most important black superheroes ever. Get it right, people.