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Vincent D’Onofrio Asks Twitter Followers If It’s OK to Play an ‘Irredeemable Racist’ Right Now

”You don’t have to ask permission to do your job,“ says one fan

Vincent D’Onofrio asked his Twitter followers on Sunday whether it would be OK for him to play an “irredeebable racist” in an upcoming project given the current political climate.

“I am going to ask a question to everyone that cares to answer it,” the actor tweeted. “Is Now the right time (considering the world in which live right now) for me to play a real to life characte [sic] who is irredeemable racist in a dramatic series?”

It’s unclear what dramatic series he is considering or why he decided to ask the hive mind for its input. A rep for D’Onofrio did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.


The star, most famous for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” received thousands of replies.

Most people, including fellow Hollywood stars such as Carl Weathers, said the answer depended on the context of the part and the script itself.

Many others took D’Onfrio to task over his artistic reticence and allowing his creative expression as an actor to be compromised by the potential offense of an outraged mob.

D’Onofrio interacted with many replies, offering his snap thoughts on the quality of various opinions in quote tweets.

“Thanks everyone. I have almost 2500 opinions and I appreciate everyone of them,” he said. “I’m going to have to make my decision in a few days. You all have been extremely helpful. More then I could imagine. Peace”

He also explained that he was not motivated by political correctness or a hesitancy to play a villain. “I’m deeply effected by racism,” he said. “Not deeply effected by what’s PC&what’s not. Never hve been.Yet when it comes2racism&hate toward our brothers&sisters in the LBGTQ communities it hurts. Makes me step back. Makes me take a specific look into what I stand4&how i can fight4thier rights.”

In another tweet, he noted that he was less concerned with his own performance than the story itself. “Is it at this point in time dangerous?” he asked. “Considering the rise of racism. The ugly normalization of it.”