uh…. I’m really having a hard time figuring out what Mr Landis‘ arguement is. We shouldn’t blame the studios because…. um… they are stupid? Stupidity clears one of blame? If, as Mr Landis says, it’s a cultural problem, one would think that those who create our cultural material (the film industry/studios) should be held responsible with fixing the cultural problem.
And yes. Ms Johansson should be held culpable in the Ghost in the Shell debacle as well. Surely, she’s in a postition where she could have said, “ya know, I get alot of work and have quite a bit of money. I don’t really need to make this particular movie. I’ll bet Doona Bae could do a good job in this role. You should try her.”
Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi
Doona Bae as Tilda in Cloud Atlas
Mr Landis says there are no AList asian actors in America.
Perhaps because the gate-keepers won’t give asian actors the exposure that might promote them to an AList? Maybe?
Or is Mr Landis saying that it’s OUR fault – the public? Well, the twitter response would suggest otherwise. It would suggest that the public is concerned; that the public cares and would go to the movie if Ms Johansson had not been cast in the first place, and probably won’t go because she has been cast.
So, how is the public to blame?
What do you think? If you haven’t listened to Mr Landis, you can watch it below.
And I found an interesting list of The Leading East Asian Ladies!