Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality
“We want Akira to be successful. And they can make it successful by not offending the people that love Akira.” – George Takei
On May 2nd, CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi interviewed George Takei about his position on Warner Bros. Picture’s proposed adaptation of Akira. In March and April the Asian American community expressed concerns about rumors that the roles of the two lead characters, Tetsuo and Kaneda, were only being offered to white actors. (Visit our Campaign page on Akira to learn more.)
The entire interview (13 minutes) can be heard at the CBC website: Is Hollywood Guilty of Whitewashing?
“How would you get someone who has a track record, if they don’t give anybody the opportunity to run on that track? You’ll never have that.” – George Takei, responding to the argument that Asian American actors aren’t given starring roles because they aren’t “bankable.”
At the end of the interview, Takei expresses hope that Warner Bros. will meet with Racebending.com and other Asian American community organizations. “I think we may be about to see a change, or that they might drop the project, and do something very original,” Takei said.
Racebending.com has been told that Warner Bros. is committed to having a meeting about AKIRA with Racebending.com and other Asian American organizations.