‘It’s racist in reverse’: Actor Brian Cox calls for white actors to be cast in black roles as he insists diversity cannot be ‘one way’

His role as the original Hannibal Lecter secured his place in Hollywood 30 years ago.

He is now one of our most respected actors. In his latest movie, Churchill, due for release in June, he plays the wartime Prime Minister.

Now, on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Brian Cox has entered the ongoing Oscars ‘diversity’ debate by calling for white, not just black and Hispanic, actors to be given more varied roles in Hollywood.

Cox, who will not attend the Academy Awards tonight, said there should be no colour bar on roles.

I want Jerry Lewis to play Louis Farrakhan!