Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard says the ridiculous scene went down more than 25 years ago in a pitch meeting about the Tubman project. Howard says the exec told the room … “This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.”
Howard says when someone pointed out to the studio exec that Tubman was black and Roberts shouldn’t play the role, he replied … “It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.”
Thankfully, the Hollywood honcho didn’t get his way, and flash forward to 2019 … Howard’s movie about the legendary abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad is finally in theaters.