Why Did Louis C.K. Cast A Black Actress As Mother To His White Kids?

written by Franciscus on June 27, 2012 in Odd with no comments

Louis C.K. has turned so many of the conventions of a television series on their head with his critical darling “Louie” — season premiere this Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET on FX — why not buck all expectations with the casting as well. On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (Weeknights, 12 a.m. ET on ABC), he was asked about this in a very pointed way.

Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know why he cast a black woman to play the mother of his children, when the kids have already been seen and “they’re extremely white,” as C.K. put it.

“If the character works for the show, I don’t care about the racial,” the show’s creator, writer, director and star said. Plus, there was another reason he went with a black actress.

It’s all about line delivery. According to C.K., for example, in a scene where she’s trying to convince him to get a job, that conviction just comes through stronger from a black woman. “When a black woman tells you to get a job, it’s just more,” he explained with a laugh.

Check out the season premiere of the most unpredictable show on television when “Louie” returns, Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on FX. Watch “Jimmy Kimmel Live” weeknights at 12 a.m. ET on ABC.

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