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Has anyone noticed the recent weirdness going on with films lately. Like why wasn't a persian cast as the "Prince of Persia". Or the new Karate Kid film........which doesn't seem to have Karate? Maybe they should have named it "Kung Fu Kid???? Or the Last Airbender, which has a white kid cast as an asian? (I'll admit Avatar is a fictional world so maybe thats not such a stretch.)

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what's there to notice?

It's always been like that....


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It's not new - Hollywood was doing it in the 50's - and it was far worse, most infamously with old westerns. Native Americans would only be hired as extras (to fall off the horse after being shot) and all the big Native American roles were given to white men blacked up with boot polish.

I saw one the other day that actually had a black man playing a Native American - thought that was weird.

The Karate Kid thing is pretty stupid though - I'm curious to see where they go with that. Of course, you may have noticed that the titles of films across regions - largely for marketing reasons.

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I hear you.

Video game movies seem to suffer from it a lot, casting seems to mean so little.

At least they picked someone vaguely asian (her mother's decent) for the Chun Li movie, too bad the movie itself was garbage. As if there's no talented Chinese actors they could have used for the roll though :whistle:

Dragonball LOL I think that one is self explanatory.


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If you don't bother with mainstream movies, the casting issues are less controversial - and is one of the many reasons I like indie movies - added to which a lot of casting is based on talent as apposed to looks. Scary, I know ;)


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Has anyone noticed the recent weirdness going on with films lately. Like why wasn't a persian cast as the "Prince of Persia". Or the new Karate Kid film........which doesn't seem to have Karate? Maybe they should have named it "Kung Fu Kid???? Or the Last Airbender, which has a white kid cast as an asian? (I'll admit Avatar is a fictional world so maybe thats not such a stretch.)

it was actually called Kung Fu Kid but changed - the Daniel-san character comes to China knowing karate and has to learn kung fu to deal with the bullies. *Apparently*


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Also a lot of those big movies aren't exactly set in a "real" world - Prince of Persia is pure fantasy, unlike '300' which I disliked intensely - the depiction of the Persian Empire was downright offensive!

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IMO, the 'mix of actors' gets approval by the entity that funds the production.

If you'd like to get that changed, be one of those entities, sometime in the future.


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I saw one the other day that actually had a black man playing a Native American - thought that was weird.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Indians_in_the_United_States


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