STAR TREK Star George Takei Accuses Warner Bros. of Whitewashing AKIRA
George Takei is best known as Sulu in Star Trek. He was at the Pacific Media Expo, and he blasted the Leonardo Dicaprio produced Akira for considering Caucasian actors for the lead.
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Actor George Takei speaks out on the controversial casting of Akira. "Why spend so much money on buying the rights of the film if they are just going to change everything?" - George Takei
George has not been shy about his concerns for the American remake of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga, Akira. In April, George began chirping quite a bit when early word came out that Warner Bros. was considering Caucasian actors for Kaneda. In an interview with the Advocate George was asked about the controversy.
"The idea of buying the rights to do that and in fact change it seems rather pointless. If they’re going to do that, why don’t they do something original, because what they do is offend Asians, number 1; number 2, they offend the fans. The same thing happened with M. Night Shyamalan. He cast his project [The Last Airbender] with non-Asians and it’s an Asian story, and the film flopped." - Advocate
To be fair M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender was not even close to being a flop. The film cost a reported $280 million to make and market, and grossed $450 million dollars altogether from domestic and worldwide receipts. The film was trashed by the critics and adults. But, children seemed to enjoy it, and that is whom the movie was made for.
Manga's Synopsis - Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.
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