I think he should use the big name actors because they will help draw a more universal audience...remember, it's not just about telling the story, but telling the story to a broader audience which will turn a profit. The key though, is to convince the big name actors to do the job and get paid a percentage on the back end. In other words, donate their services until payday. This way the actors get to contribute to a worthy cause in a way that doesn't actually cost them anything...infact they earn.This is true, brotha Full speed.
I'm not sure why he thought he could find backers in Europ. Traditionally Black writers who could not find success in the states have gone to France or Germant and found raving reviews. But the story Danny is telling is not one that eoropean audiences would take to. Why didn't he go to Africa like Wesley Snioes did.
He could brolly lower his overheaad by skipping the big name stars and hiring lesser known but just as talented African and AA actors.
Look at the banner I created. That cat Toussant looks just like my brother in law. Brothas will flock to this movie because they can see themselves in it
We don't need White folks money to tell our story, but the better we tell the story and with actors that already have a universal appeal, the more likely telling our story can be a productive and profitable venture for those who invest the time and energy into doing it. White folks will buy movie tickets for a good entertainment and a well told, historically accuate, story and we don't need to feel like they did us any favors in doing so.