Whoopi Goldberg hints race diminished Ghost's success

‘If it was an all-white cast, would it be more celebrated?’ Whoopi Goldberg hints race reduced Ghost’s success… as she responds to claims the film is the ‘blockbuster Hollywood forgot’

  • An article published in Forbes Magazine looked upon how the roaring hit scooped ‘no sequels or spinoffs, nostalgic reissues, ripoffs or copycats’ 
  • On its 30th anniversary, discussion has been sparked over why the movie has not left a similar mark on pop culture to its less successful counterparts
  • The star, 64, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as psychic Oda Mae Brown in the supernatural romantic thriller
  • She mused over whether the diversity in the cast caused the ‘lack’ of legacy 
  • Jerry Zucker’s 1990 paranormal romantic thriller amassed $505.7M at the global box office, and it still holds a 74% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Whoopi Goldberg has hinted that racism impacted the success of Ghost, after the 1990 movie was deemed the ‘blockbuster Hollywood forgot’.

The star, 64, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role, responded to an article published in Forbes Magazine, which looked upon how the roaring hit scooped ‘no sequels or spinoffs, nostalgic reissues, ripoffs or copycats’.

As the publication issued comparisons between less successful movies which received more subsequent fanfare, Whoopi mused: ‘We were a very mixed cast, and it makes you wonder, you know is that why nobody wanted to celebrate it?’

Way back when: Whoopi Goldberg has hinted that racism impacted the success of Ghost, after the 1990 movie was deemed the ‘blockbuster Hollywood forgot’ (Whoopi pictured playing psychic Oda Mae Brown alongside late leading man Patrick Swayze)

Ghost tells the story of Patrick Swayze’s character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi, to help warn Molly that she is at risk.  

Forbes listed the films with less commercial success that Ghost, including Aladdin, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Beverly Hills Cop, Twister, Mission: Impossible and Toy Story, and pointed out they have left a larger legacy. 

The story read: ‘This original, non-franchise, PG-13, female-targeted supernatural romantic thriller was far more successful than the deluge of 1980’s and 1990’s action movies and fantasy properties that now make up our nostalgic pop culture.’

Speaking to Deadline after the Forbes article was published, Whoopi mused over why the film achieved less success, as she drew race into the argument. 

Different? The star, 64, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role, responded to an article published in Forbes Magazine, which looked upon how the roaring hit scooped ‘no sequels or spinoffs, nostalgic reissues, ripoffs or copycats’

Forgotten? Ghost tells the story of Patrick Swayze’s character Sam being killed by a thug and his danger leaving his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, in danger. Sam enlists the help of a psychic, depicted by Whoopi, to help warn Molly that she is at risk 

She said: ‘When I was reading it and reading how much money it brought in, and how it had been bigger than all these other movies, I thought, but (Forbes) is doing the same thing other people have done…

‘They sort of denigrated the fact that this was a terrific movie, and it was also really funny too, and in part, I did that. And we were a very mixed cast… 

‘It makes you wonder, you know, 30 years later, was it because we were a mixed cast that nobody wanted to celebrate it, the way that, you know, had it been any other cast that happened to be maybe all white, people might’ve celebrated it?’ 

As the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release has come around, the film has been a hot topic, with its director Jerry Zucker recently admitting Whoopi’s award-winning role nearly went to songstress Tina Turner. 

Shock: She said: ‘When I was reading it and reading how much money it brought in, and how it had been bigger than all these other movies, I thought, but (Forbes) is doing the same thing other people have done’

He said: ‘She did a credible job, but she wasn’t quite an actress. Maybe she could be, but there was a big difference.’

Earlier this month, two-time Golden Globe nominee Demi celebrated the ’30th anniversary of Ghost’ by sharing a clip of the tear-jerking, penny-floating scene.

The 1990 paranormal romantic thriller amassed $505.7M at the global box office, and it still holds a 74% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

The sexually-charged pottery scene alone helped put The Righteous Brothers’ 1965 cover of Unchained Melody back on the Billboard charts – even earning a 1991 Grammy Award nomination.

Patrick – who played Wall Street banker Sam Wheat – died, age 57, in 2009 after a 20-month battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

THAT scene: The sexually-charged pottery scene alone helped put The Righteous Brothers’ 1965 cover of Unchained Melody back on the Billboard charts – even earning a 1991 Grammy Award nomination

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