This is one of those fascinatingly debates that is so complicated, I’m going to count myself among the undecided voters, especially since I haven’t seen Cloud Atlas yet. If you simply showed me stills of Caucasian actors Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess and James D’Arcy playing Asian characters, yes, I immediately side with the Media Action Network for Asian Americans. The group issued a statement condemning the film for A) not casting Asians in those roles, and B) simply slanting the eyes of said actors and thinking that counts as making them look Asian. That’s some messed up Andy Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffanys ish. What’s more, directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer were sensitive enough not to put any actors in blackface in the movie but seemed to think it was OK to do yellowface. Insensitive, racist, enough said.
Except, there are a few details making this more of a conversation than a round of name-calling. There is a narrative reason the three directors say they chose to cast Sturgess, Weaving and D’Arcy for those parts, in a storyline that takes place in the year 2144: They are the reincarnated souls of characters that were white in their previous lives. OK, so that’s kind of interesting. Except, as Crushable pointed out today, plenty of stories (like the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There) have successfully used multiple actors to portray the same person or soul, so you could expect the audience to make a leap with you. Read more…
Sorry, Michael Bay! You might have just deleted the hilarious rant you posted about “grumbling thespians” who worked on Transformers, but the Internet’s memory is eternal. “Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs?,” the director ranted on his website yesterday. Let’s see, the only time we complain about our jobs is when we have to post about Michael Bay, soooo still no.
Bay was seeming responding to comments made by Hugo Weaving earlier this week about the actor’s experience voicing the movie’s villainous Megatron. “In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless,” the Cloud Atlas star revealed to TheHollywood Reporter. “It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way.” Snarled Bay, “With all the problems facing our world today, do these grumbling thespians really think people reading the news actually care about trivial complaints that their job wasn’t ‘artistic enough’ or ‘fulfilling enough’? [...] What happened to people who had integrity, who did a job, got paid for their hard work, and just smiled afterward?” Fair enough, but let’s look at what about Weavings’ experience actually made it “meaningless.”
Are we still allowed to find Chris Evans in theCaptain America: The First Avenger extended trailer hot, even when he has a big head on a weird CGI body? What if we find him even more hot that way? Oh, don’t say that out loud to anyone? Our bad. As the trailer reveals, Evans stars as shrimpy Army wannabe Steve Rogers who gets turned into a Nazi-fighting super soldier by mad scientist Stanley Tucci. If the trailer is any indication, Evans is basically playing Benjamin Button meets Inglourious Basterds, with a splash of Young Frankenstein. So a man built out of our three favorite movies, essentially.
When not undergoing experiments or wearing a forty-lb muscle suit, Chris Evans has been spending time with Ashley Greene, ex of Joe Jonas. Ugh, if only Chris could stay Photoshopped to look like Smeagol, we might stand one tiny little chance. The trailer also gives a split-second peek at Hugo Weaving as villain Red Skull. Is it wrong that we sort of find him hot too? Like in a creepy, Hell Boy kind of way? No? We’re sorry; they should keep us locked up…until Captain America hits theaters, and immediately after that, forever.