Thats the opinion of Syracuse University professor Dr. Boyce Watkins, who says Cages role as police officer John McLoughlin is actually based on former Marine Jason Thomas, an African-American.
He says the role should have gone to Denzel Washington or Will Smith, and claims its proof Hollywood only casts white men as heroes.
Watkins hasnt seen the film but says director Oliver Stone should colorize Cage for the DVD release.
As he puts it, I think hed be a pretty cool black man. He might get more chicks that way.
Insiders are skeptical about Watkins since the real John McLoughlin who is white has been part of the WTC publicity juggernaut. However, there is a Sgt. Thomas in the film who is played by Tom Cruises cousin, William Mapother, who is also white.
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