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So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:57:01 AM »

So, it seems this is going to be a movie about an actual event that happened during World War II.  And out of all the Native Hawaiians they pick a non-native white dude. 

http://www.k5thehometeam.com/story/35386864/people-arent-happy-that-a-white-actor-has-been-cast-as-a-hawaiian-hero-in-niihau







In a move that's prompting growing condemnation, New York actor Zach McGowan has been cast as the Native Hawaiian hero in an upcoming movie about the Battle of Niihau.

Several are accusing McGowan and others behind the film "Niihau" of "whitewashing" the character and ignoring history.

"They could have tried Jason Scott Lee, they could have tried Kala Alexander, they could have tried Jason Mamoa. There's a lot of good actors out there that could have played this part," said Guy Aoki, founding president of Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which is based in Los Angeles.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people in Hollywood believe that in order to have a better chance of making a profit on their films, they have to get a white actor."

McGowan has been cast to play Ben Kanahele, the man credited with saving lives on Niihau when a Japanese pilot crash-landed on the island after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After being helped by Niihau's residents, the pilot subsequently colluded with inhabitants of Japanese ancestry to take several people hostage and terrorize the island over the course of several days.

Kanahele was eventually able to kill him in a struggle, but was also shot three times in the process. He later received the Medal of Merit and a Purple Heart.

Historians say the "Niihau Incident" increased fears about Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans in the United States, and helped lead to the mass internment of tens of thousands of Japnaese-American men, women and children. 

Niihau" writer and director Gabriel Robertson said he wanted to make a film about the Niihau battle because of its "huge historical significance."

He told Deadline that the story "plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy. ... I see circumstance as the true antagonist of this story. These characters, once placed in this situation, were driven by their initial instincts: to help a stranger in need. Indeed, it wasn't until circumstance forced their hands that the characters desperately turned to violence."

McGowan has previously appeared in "Black Sails," "Shameless" and "The 100."

On Twitter Tuesday, he shared a link about the casting news and wrote, "Excited about this project!"

That prompted rebuke from some, and praise from others.

You shouldn't be excited, you should be embarrassed to even think about whitewashing history," wrote one Twitter user.

Another responded to the announcement on the movie's Twitter page with: "He's not Hawaiian. Or even Hawaiian-adjacent. He's a white guy playing a Hawaiian man, who was a real not-white person. What are you doing?"

Deadline reports that filming for the project begins at the end of May in Malaysia.

The casting announcement comes in the wake of other controversial movies in which white actors played non-white characters, and as Hollywood continues to generate criticism for its lack of diversity and cultural sensitivity.


There's some tweets in the article to check out.  There is no similarity between these dudes. 

Here's a link with more info about the story. 
http://historybuff.com/know-pearl-harbor-japanese-pilot-crash-landed-remote-hawaiian-island-Xy05Dp3kABjG

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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 08:19:36 AM »

This is a legitimate problem.  I agree that people should be pissed off by this.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 09:48:40 AM »

I wouldnt watch this either way.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 11:35:58 AM »

Hahahha that guy's cool dude headshot is hilariously priceless, all the more so cause he clearly takes it seriously. What a fucking train wreck they've got on their hands. It's possible that he is the hands down best actor that auditioned but they still just put themselves in a world of PR/optics hurt. On this one, the label of white washing certainly seems to fit all the way.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2017, 11:43:54 AM »

I don't really give a shit about this kind of made-up controversy. Doubt I'll see the movie though.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2017, 12:13:56 PM »

That guy really does have a goofy looking face. Its good he's at least buff.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2017, 12:21:38 PM »

I am usually reluctantly ok with these things because usually its a great/popular actor but this dude is neither. It makes even less sense when one of the biggest stars right now is a pacific islander.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2017, 01:23:13 PM »

Did Jason Scott Lee, Kala Alexander or Jason Mamoa even audition for the part?
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2017, 01:59:35 PM »

Even if they didn't I'm sure some other up and coming Hawaiian actors did. And the guy they picked isn't setting the bar high in acting abilities or credentials.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2017, 02:13:18 PM »

Black sails! Charles vane
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2017, 02:23:03 PM »

Even if they didn't I'm sure some other up and coming Hawaiian actors did. And the guy they picked isn't setting the bar high in acting abilities or credentials.

I don't think I've seen anything with Zach in it, so I can't comment on his ability and I don't plan on watching this movie either. Just not sure I agree with the move being "whitewashing" rather than him just being the best overall choice of the people who actually auditioned.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2017, 02:31:49 PM »

He can act pretty well
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2017, 03:52:11 PM »

And if they had cast a nigger, nobody would say a word.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2017, 05:47:10 PM »

He's Charles Vane and the current bad guy on Agents of SHIELD. He's not a no name, but he's not a guy who's salary would bust the budget. He seems like a good choice in terms of popularity level.
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Re: So, Hollywood just said fuck it with casting!
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2017, 05:48:05 PM »

He's no Scar Jo
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