Cameron Crowe has published a lengthy statement on his blog in acknowledgement of criticism he faced, explaining more about Stone’s character Captain Allison Ng, a part Hawaiian-Chinese woman.
“I have heard your words and disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice,” he said.
He added Captain Allison Ng had been written as a “super-proud” character who was quarter Hawaiian but frustrated that because of her half-Chinese father she did not look like she fitted in.
While he does not explain why Stone was chosen over an East Asian actress, he said he was “grateful for the dialogue” that surrounded the criticism of the casting decision.
“From the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future,” he said.
He added he was proud of how many “Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian and Pacific-Islanders” were employed in the film both in front of the camera and behind it.
Hollywood whitewashing controversies
Hollywood whitewashing controversies
1/11 Scarlett Johansson cast as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell
Blonde, white US actress Scarlett Johansson was announced to be playing the clearly Japanese character Motoko Kusanagi in Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell remake, much to the dismay of Asian film fans
2/11 Tilda Swinton cast as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange
Marvel sparked outrage when Anglo-Scottish actress Tilda Swinton was cast as Tibetan mystic The Ancient One alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange
Zoe Saldana was criticised for 'blacking up' to play the considerably darker-skinned soul singer Nina Simone in Nina
4/11 Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Prince of Persia
The half Jewish, quarter Swedish actor was cast to play a Middle Eastern Prince in Disney's 2010 film
5/11 Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in forthcoming film Pan
Mara was been cast in the role of American Indian Tiger Lily, sparking an online protest from angry film fans
6/11 Christian Bale plays Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings
Ridley Scott claimed he would never cast 'Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such a country' in a lead role in his Biblical epic, and went on to cast an entirely white cast instead
7/11 Jim Caveziel plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
Catholic star Mel Gibson chose to cast a Caucasian American actor in the role of Jesus for his controversial film
8/11 Micky Rooney plays a Japanese neighbour in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Who better to play Holly Golightly's Japanese neighbour IY Yunoishi than American actor Mick Rooney. At least Hollywood has come some way since 1961
9/11 Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo
Ben Affleck became the subject of a few editorials in Latin American newspapers for casting himself (an American with English, Irish, Scottish and Swiss ancestry) as a Mexican CIA operative
10/11 Jennifer Connelly plays Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind
Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardé was a naturalised US citizen from El Salvador, but was played by an actress of Jewish, Irish and Norwegian descent
11/11 Chinese actresses cast in Memoirs of a Geisha
What better way to alienate Japanese cinemagoers than to cast three Chinese actresses in the lead roles in a film about Japanese culture
“We are extremely proud to present the island, the locals and the film community with many jobs for over four months,” he said.
“Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterisation has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.”
The film was accused of “whitewashing” Hawaii last month when online commenters and film critics debated whether Stone was an authentic choice for the mixed race character.
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans released a statement criticising the filmmakers, saying: “Caucasians only make up 30% of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99%.”
Aloha, which is due to be released in the US this week, co-stars Bradley Cooper as a disgraced military contractor and Rachel McAdams as his married ex-girlfriend.
It was revealed in last year’s Sony Hack that the film had a troubled post-production with reported reshoots and heavy editing required.
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