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In Reply to: RE: Oscar: Best use of a Body Suit posted by Billy Wonka on April 01, 2017 at 10:33:47
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) has blasted the casting choice of Scarlett Johansson in "Ghost in the Shell" just ahead of the film's opening weekend.
In a statement released Friday, the group condemned the movie's "whitewashing" of Johansson's character Motoku Kusanagi who first appeared in the Japanese manga of the same name.
The organization also criticized Johansson's recent interview on "Good Morning America," in which the actress said she "would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously." MANAA responded by writing that "she was lying."
Additionally, the group denounced the casting of Michael Pitt in the role of Kuze in the film, which MANAA said "is revealed to have originally been named Hideo, meaning he too was Japanese."
"Apparently, in Hollywood, Japanese people can't play Japanese people anymore," MANAA President Robert Chan said. "There's no reason why either Motoku or Hideo could not have been portrayed by Japanese or Asian actors instead of Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt. We don't even get to see what they looked like in their original human identities — a further white-wash."
You just can't please everyone and still make an international block buster.
who hasn't seen a manga in his life. The film is based on manga. Female characters in mangas are usually portrayed with unnaturally big eyes, and no female actress of Asian origin could have fit in that role. Johansson looks very good in that manga-based movie.
Or they simply love to play the race card over and over like the other minorities here in the US.
But unfortunately, as stated elsewhere, these films have to pay off. An expensive CGI flick like this has to have the best guarantee of payback that the studios can get, and little or unknown actors of any race won't provide that.
This is the same bias that Bruce Lee came up against when he had the idea for the old TV series, "Kung Fu". Producers liked the idea. He thought he was the obvious choice to star in the series based on his own idea, but David Carradine was selected instead.
instead of Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt"
Sure there is: money
Forget it Jake; it's Hollywood.
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