Over the years, Hollywood has showcased a wide range of relationships on screen, including gay couples, however, it has yet to tie in interracial couples. And one star wishes that wall would be put down.
Will Smith would love to star in a romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz, but allegedly feels his fans would be uncomfortable with him appearing opposite a white actress.
The "Pursuit of Happyness" star has appeared in a number of romantic comedies but black or Latino women almost always play the love interest because he doesn't think the public would be happy with any interracial pairing.
British writer Leslie O'Toole is quoted by the MSNBC website as saying, "Smith, one of the world's most bankable stars, appears mostly opposite black or Latino women. He once confided to me that he'd love to make a romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz but feared that his audience wouldn't accept it."
Smith's co-star in his latest film, African-British actress Thandie Newton, admits it is a shame that interracial coupling is avoided in Hollywood.
Newton said, "It's a shame, but it is what it is. I think if it was done in the right way, where race wouldn't be an issue, it would be great. But you can't bend people's minds too quickly."