The costume stereotypes come mostly from vaudeville and comic strips -- a quick shorthand way of defining the character, rather than wasting time on long expository passages. ...That might strike modern audiences as lazy at best and demeaning at worst -- but it kept stories moving.
Totally agreed! And what's more is that you shouldn't take yourself too seriously...
As a halfbreed, I'm half Apache, Irish and Polish... So in other words I like to drink, fight with my family and friends....then go scalp people???:eeek: Nah, not really. But sometimes on a bad day I would really like to bring a tomahawk to work!![huh]
But back to roles... I have to say that when you have actors that are the quality of such greats as Morgan Freeman... I mean just listen to his voice and look at the roles he's played, the man is iconic!