Magazine article Screen International

Matt Damon Rubbishes 'Great Wall' Whitewashing Claims

Magazine article Screen International

Matt Damon Rubbishes 'Great Wall' Whitewashing Claims

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Speaking to The Associated Press, Damon said, "That whole idea of whitewashing, I take that very seriously." He cited the case of Caucasian actor Chuck Connors playing Apache chief Geronimo in the 1962 action film as a case of frequent whitewashing in a bygone era of film and TV.

However Damon and Zhang said in this instance, Damon's character of a mercenary was always meant to be European.

The subject of whitewashing is a touchy one given the climate of wariness over depiction and promotion of non-white actors in Hollywood in light of last awards season's #oscarsowhite controvery.

Damon lashed out at websites that raised the allegation, in this case via 'clickbait' headlines based on a 30-second teaser trailer.

"It suddenly becomes a story because people click on it, versus the traditional ways that a story would get vetted before it would get to that point," Damon said. …

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