According to him, at the time the effort began, Hollywood was not the same.
“I wanted to turn the life of Harriet Tubman, which I studied in college, into an adventure film. However, the climate in Hollywood was very different then, ”said Howard. “I was told how one of the studio leaders said at the meeting:“ This scenario is fantastic. Let's make Julia Roberts play Harriet Tabman. ”
Howard said that when someone suggested that Roberts would not be able to play this role, the executive replied: “It was so long ago. No one will know the difference. ”
British actress Cynthia Erivo got the role of the legendary abolitionist and freedom fighter in Harriet, which is now in theaters.
“Harriet was more than life. The release of Harriet's slaves had a multiplication effect … Harriet showed them how powerful they can become, ”Howard said.
Tubman escaped slavery and helped hundreds of slaves gain freedom during the American Civil War through the Underground Railroad, changing the course of American history.