Film Column: Cynthia Fuchs On G. I. Jane & More...

By Cynthia Fuchs

Not so long ago, summer action was all about straight white testosterone, with Caucasian boys the primary target viewers, as well

as the best-paid, most sought-after players (onscreen and behind the scenes). Today, however, the genre's parameters are changing, thanks to

the popularity of Ripley and Sarah Conner (not to mention all those courageous slasher movie survivors who've been kicking creature-ass for

years) and black action stars like Wesley Snipes and Will Smith, and coming up fast, Chris Tucker (Shaquille O'Neil remains an

incomprehensible and extremely well-funded big-screen phenomenon). Black buddies have been visible in action pix...