Dumas film with white actor Depardieu sparks race row

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A film about 19th Century French author Alexandre Dumas has sparked a row after a white actor was chosen to portray the novelist, who was of African origin.

The celebrated but fair-skinned screen star, Gerard Depardieu, had to darken his skin and wear a curly wig to play the part in L'Autre Dumas.

Critics argue the French movie industry has deliberately undermined the 19th Century novelist's ethnicity.

They say a mixed race actor should have been chosen to play the national hero.

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