By Shannon Carlin
Cameron Crowe is apologizing for casting Emma Stone in his latest film, Aloha, after many questioned his choice to cast a blond, blue-eyed Caucasian actress to play a character that is a quarter Asian.
In a post on the website The Uncool, Crowe says ever since the Sony hack his latest film had been “misunderstood,” writing, it was a film that “people felt they knew a lot about, but in fact they knew very little.” In leaked emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, she talks about how the film makes no sense, writing “I don’t care how much I love the director and the actors it never, not even once, ever works.”
In Crowe’s mind, Aloha, which opened last weekend in a disappointing sixth place at the box office, was a “small movie made by passionate actors who wanted to join me in making a film about Hawaii, and the lives of these characters who live and work in and around the island of Oahu,” but realizes he made some mistakes.
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“I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice,” he wrote of casting Stone as the character Alice Ng, a woman who constantly lets people know she is a quarter Asian, though she does not look it.