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16. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? Jun 1, 2010, 13:04 Donkey_Punch
 
Prez wrote on May 29, 2010, 01:50:
Political correctness has run rampant for so many years now

Yes, Conservatives are always quick to play the victim here. Every time you guys want to spit out something hateful if someone calls you on it you declare that people are just trying to be politically correct.

We get it already, you want to be free to spout your venom.
 
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15. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 29, 2010, 14:29 Sepharo
 
Beamer wrote on May 29, 2010, 11:45:
Regardless, some of you should take a look at the census and see where "middle eastern" fits. Here's a hint: 30 years ago they petitioned hard, and won, to be considered "white" in all official capacities.
Those damn sneaky Caucasians are also able to make the 1800s seem like the 1980s!
 
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14. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 29, 2010, 11:45 Beamer
 
I love the "Halle Berry" comment. Christ some people are thick. Like it never goes that way, either. OMG, Nick Fury is BLACK in 8 new movies! Holy Crap! RACISM!

Sure, it happens less often that way, but the US population is only 12% black, so of course it'll happen less often.



Regardless, some of you should take a look at the census and see where "middle eastern" fits. Here's a hint: 30 years ago they petitioned hard, and won, to be considered "white" in all official capacities.
 
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13. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 29, 2010, 08:16 Grendle
 
I actually had to look up who Jake Gyllenhaal was. Out of his movies, I've only seen city slickers and bubbleboy.  
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12. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 29, 2010, 03:46 jdreyer
 
Yeah, kxmode is probably right. Jake was chosen to maximize profits. And at least he doesn't have blonde hair. And, yeah, he's got acting chops, although they will most likely be wasted in this movie.

For me personally, it seeing his face transposed on the middle eastern set on which the movie takes place destroys the suspension of disbelief. Just watching the trailer makes me not want to watch it. That, and the over-use of slo-mo.

So I honestly think this was a wasted opportunity. They had the chance to make a truly immersive experience, but instead you get "White folks pretending to be ethnic" again.
 
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11. Re: etc. May 29, 2010, 03:26 Tanto Edge
 
I don't like to read into things, but in short, if they ever released a Persian version of Prince of Persia, I'd watch that too.
They don't though. This is a western thing. I mean let's look at Disney's Alladin?
Put simply, we make things in our own image and the masses expect it, hence, we won't go too rogue on the culture thing. We make it familiar, and in doing so, raise cain amongst those who see conspiracy where really, it's just reality.

C'est la vie.
 
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10. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 29, 2010, 01:50 Prez
 
Wow, people read too much into everything nowadays. Political correctness has run rampant for so many years now that people look at everything from a political angle and actually look for things to be offended by. It's sad really.

There's nothing so noble as being offended by everything these days. And blogging incessantly about it.
 
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9. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 29, 2010, 00:27 Kobalt
 
kxmode wrote on May 28, 2010, 16:10:
Kobalt wrote on May 28, 2010, 15:50:
I think most people know Jewish people run Hollywood. So are you suggesting Jewish people are racist? That's what it sounds like to me.

Yes the jews in Hollywood are racist. Pretty bizarre for you to think any ethnic group is perfect.

Beamer wrote on May 28, 2010, 16:41:
Also, the latest Chun Li is half-chinese. The original one was all chinese.

Give me a break, considering she doesn't even look asian the fact that she was half chinese was a fluke. That execs could point out that out was just a bonus.

Somehow I think the likelihood of halle berry playing cammy in a new street fighter movie is a little slim. Hey shes half white!

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8. Re: etc. May 28, 2010, 21:17 Pigeon
 
I think its mostly business tinged with racism. For a multi-million dollar film like this, they have to sell it by making some assurances to the backers that they'll make a tidy profit. Using big name stars is one of the ways they do that. It probably helps pull in some customers as well. Play it safe with a well known white actor or take a chance and use a lesser known Persian/Iranian actor.

Frankly I'd rather they'd worry about the quality than image, but the world doesn't work the way I think it should
 
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7. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 28, 2010, 16:41 Beamer
 
Also, the latest Chun Li is half-chinese. The original one was all chinese.  
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6. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 28, 2010, 16:32 Beamer
 
Would it be a sign of Hollywood being racist, the audience being racist, or people not caring so long as they lead is a good actor (who also happens to look like the video game character)?


I'd say it's likely that order from least to most likely.
 
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5. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 28, 2010, 16:10 Kxmode
 
Kobalt wrote on May 28, 2010, 15:50:
Funny how it seems it seems normal when films casts a bunch of unknowns, like 300 for example it's fine. The chance that someone might have a cast someone that isn't white? DEAR GOD NO

300 was an ensemble cast because the story was about a group of people struggling against insurmountable odds. Prince of Persia is about one person against insurmountable odds. They gave the role to an actor they believe will be able to play the part well, has a large screen pressense, and draw a lot of ticket sells. I don't doubt someone from Bollywood would be able to play the part well, and have a screen pressense, but there's the issue of drawing in ticket sells. Names pull in crowds. A film starring Jake Gyllenhaal is going to sell more tickets for an American audience the same as a film starring Naveen Andrews would sell more tickets for an Indian audience.

Kobalt wrote on May 28, 2010, 15:50:
They casted a fucking white woman as chun li for ffs. Hollywood is infected with tons of racists, always has, always will sad to say.

I think most people know Jewish people run Hollywood. So are you suggesting Jewish people are racist? That's what it sounds like to me.

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4. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 28, 2010, 15:50 Kobalt
 
kxmode wrote on May 28, 2010, 12:16:
Are they suffering from puerilism? This is a business. It costs a lot of money to make a film. A Director isn't going to cast an unknown Bollywood actor in the lead role for a Summer blockbuster film.

Funny how it seems it seems normal when films casts a bunch of unknowns, like 300 for example it's fine. The chance that someone might have a cast someone that isn't white? DEAR GOD NO

They casted a fucking white woman as chun li for ffs. Hollywood is infected with tons of racists, always has, always will sad to say.
 
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3. Re: Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 28, 2010, 14:03 WyldKat
 
I would have LOVED to have seen Naveen Andrews playing the lead role in Prince of Persia. Of course he is Indian...

In that article they did point out Jake's Jewish ancestry, he is also far from aryan looking. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because he is a phenomenal actor.

Still... watching Naveen eviscerate some fools with a scimitar would have been fun....
 
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2. Re: etc. May 28, 2010, 12:23 Dr. D. Schreber
 
Further reading: Political Correctness Gone Mad.  
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1. Why Is a White Actor Playing 'Prince of Persia'? May 28, 2010, 12:16 Kxmode
 
Are they suffering from puerilism? This is a business. It costs a lot of money to make a film. A Director isn't going to cast an unknown Bollywood actor in the lead role for a Summer blockbuster film.  
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