Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality
THE ADVOCATE: Why do you think there seems to be a reluctance to cast Asian-American actors in leading roles?
GEORGE TAKEI: I don’t think it’s a reluctance, they just don’t know better. They have the experience of Shyamalan’s project, and I would think any savvy production company would learn from that. So I’m really baffled by the lack of learning from experience. Hollywood doesn’t like failures, and there’s a string of failures in the past. With this effort, I’m trying to warn them of what is likely to happen with this Akira project.
On March 30th, 2011 Racebending.com and several other Asian American organizations contacted Warner Bros. with our concerns about AKIRA and fair casting. We have yet to receive a formal response but have been told to expect one soon.