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Casting Director Says Asian Actors Are ‘Not Very Expressive’—It Didn’t Go Well
8 months ago

Hollywood whitewashing of asian characters is nothing new. The casting of Scarlett Johansson as  Major  in Ghost in the Shell, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, set fans teeth on edge.  


It looked to be happening once again until Ed Skrein announced he would not be taking a role in the new Hellboy after learning the character was Asian.  

He announced the decision in a Twitter Post.

So what's really going on here? Why do Hollywood executives find it so hard to cast Asian actors/actresses to play Asian character? 

According to sociologist and author of  Reel Inequality: Hollywood, Actors and Racism , Nancy Wang Yeun, the problem begins with ridiculous stereotypes held by too many white directors and writers.  Yeun was told by one casting director:

 “I work with a lot of different people, and Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive. They’re very shut down in their emotions … If it’s a look thing for business where they come in they’re at a computer or if they’re like a scientist or something like that, they’ll do that; but if it’s something where they really have to act and get some kind of performance out of, it’s a challenge.” 

This tweet by AngryAsianMan led Maurene Goo to start the hashtag #ExpressiveAsians. 

If Hollywood can't get its act together and stop with the stereotyping we'll send in Margaret Cho to set everyone straight.