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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

on ‘Hancock’ and regular-Joe-ness

How awesome it is, anyway, that The Movies’ regular Joe is now a black man? I’m talking about Will Smith, of course, and it’s arguable that he has been Hollywood’s go-to guy for the Everyman role since at least 1996’s Independence Day, but it really became inescapably notable in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness and last year’s I Am Legend.

And now with Hancock — opening today — is, in many way, all about how a Regular Guy would deal with the complications of superpowers (hint: not well).

A black president is one thing; a black Everyman is a step way beyond that, and we’re already there.

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