10 Movies That Weren’t Supposed to Star Black Actors

Sidney-Poitier

SIDNEY POITIER AS "HOMER SMITH" IN LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963) Poitier plays Homer Smith, an unemployed construction worker that encounters five nuns who escaped from beyond the Berlin Wall. He's initially hired to do a few odd jobs before continuing on his road trip but quickly forms a tight bond with the sisters and helps them build a church in the desert. Taking home an Oscar in 1964 for his portrayal, Poitier made history with the first win of a Best Actor Academy Award by any Black actor. According to some reports, Homer Smith was originally written as a White character.

SIDNEY POITIER AS “HOMER SMITH” IN LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963) Poitier plays Homer Smith,…