NEW YORK (AP) — Cameron Crowe is apologizing to anyone offended that he cast Emma Stone in a partially Asian, partially Hawaiian role in the film “Aloha.”
Stone’s character, Captain Allison Ng, is a quarter Hawaiian, and she has a half-Chinese father. In a message posted on his website, TheUncool.com, Crowe says the character was always intended to be someone frustrated that she lacked outward signs of her ethnicity.
Some, including the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, saw Stone’s casting as another example of Hollywood whitewashing Asian-American movie roles.
Crowe wrote that “if any part of (Stone’s) fine characterization has consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.”
The writer-director said he was “grateful for the dialogue” and that he would strive to tell stories with racial diversity in the future.