Fortunate as he was to land a role in last year’s Twilight, Rick Mora has lingering gripes about his employers.
Interviewed on The Hoop, the Native American character actor says that – as part of a longstanding tradition of short-shrifting his people – the producers of the smash-hit flick pulled yet another fast one.
“There are reasons why movies like Twilight were shot in Oregon and cast with Oregon natives,” he tells host Neyom Friday.
“It’s because they didn’t want to pay Hollywood natives. It was easier for them to get local extras who didn’t understand the business and pay’em, you know, a flat rate – versus taking the talent that’s worked very hard in Hollywood.
“I can give you a list of very over-qualified actors who would be more than willing to take a scale rate to participate in a project, you know?” adds Rick, who played an uncredited native werewolf in Twilight, and has a starring role in the upcoming feature Big Money Rustlas, co-starring Brigitte Nielsen and Vanilla Ice.
“As much growth as we’ve had, there are subtle changes in the arena of Native American contribution. It’s sad for me to say that there are still productions that are putting wigs on Caucasians and painting their skin,” he continues.
“Because they don’t want either to pay for the real talent or they don’t want to – I think, truly, they just don’t want to pay.”
To hear Rick’s full interview, click here.