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Filmmakers Not Truthful, Berry says

Decries films devoid of people of color

2/9/2016, 4 p.m.
Halle Berry said Hollywood's lack of diversity stems from a lack of honesty. Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, ...
Halle Berry

(AP) - Halle Berry said Hollywood's lack of diversity stems from a lack of honesty. Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, she said, "and the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren't truthful."

Addressing the film academy's diversity controversy publicly for the first time, the only black woman to win an Oscar for lead actress, said she's heartbroken her victory for 2001's "Monster's Ball" didn't lead to more women of color being cast in leading roles. But she puts the blame on filmmakers with tunnel vision.

"Our cities are filled with black and brown people. And many times, unfortunately we see films that are set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta - big metropolitan cities - and they're devoid of people of color," she said. "So I feel like when we really live up to our responsibility and challenge ourselves to be truthful, and tell the truth in our storytelling, then people of color will be there in a real competitive way, and it won't be about inclusion or diversity. Because if we're telling the truth, inclusion and diversity will be a byproduct of the truth."