Jon M. Chu has revealed he regrets casting the South Asian actor for his stereotypical role in his 2018 hit Crazy Rich Asians.
Director Jon M. Chu opens up about the controversy surrounding his hit 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians.
Although the film did well at the box office and received praise from critics. But it has faced criticism over casting South Asian actors for stereotypical roles.
Chu, 41, was promoting his new film In the Heights in an interview with Insider when he revealed he hoped he would handle it differently.
REVIEW: Director Jon M. Chu opens up about controversy in his 2018 hit Crazy Rich Asians.
Stereotypical: Even though the film did well at the box office and was praised by critics, But it has faced criticism for casting more stereotypical South Asian actors.
While the film features prominent Asian actors, He revealed that he regrets casting South Asian actors for security guards and other roles. He added that he “got” the criticism outright.
‘That was a lesson I didn’t understand until it happened. And I’m making this book into a movie. I can’t add new characters to this book,’ he began.
Most of the South Asian actors in the film are portrayed as security guards at Nick’s (Henry Golding) mansion set in the woods.
Guards: Most of the South Asians portrayed in the film are seen as security guards at Nick (Henry Golding)’s massive mansion set in the woods.
They exist in one scene where Rachel (Constance Wu) and her friend Peg (Aquafina) are approached by a guard while lost and trying to find a party.
‘Looking back, I should have had a joke there. [for the guards] It’s like ‘these idiots’,’ Chu added.
‘There is a lot that needs to be done to make them more human. instead of just these guards,’ Chu added.
Rachel: They’re in a scene where Rachel (Constance Wu) and her friend Peik (Awkwafina) are approached by a lost guard trying to find a party.
The filmmaker added that he liked that scene in Kevin Kwan’s original novel and that he wanted it to be in his film.
‘I don’t understand other contexts. of that So hearing from people It was a learning experience,” the filmmaker added.
He added that in the future he would ‘Pay more attention to that’ and ‘hope he’ won’t make the same mistake again.
Novel: The filmmaker added that he liked that scene in Kevin Kwan’s original novel. And he wanted it to be in his movie.
Chu added that South Asian actors attended the lavish parties at Nick’s house, but he did not ’emphasize it in every way’ to highlight them.
‘They are there. I don’t give them space there. Chu added.
His new film, In the Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical of the same name, hits theaters and on HBO Max June 11.
Accents: Chu added that South Asian actors were present at the lavish parties at Nick’s house, but he did not ’emphasize them’ to emphasize them.