AngryAsianMan.com reports on some really racially problematic casting calls for the remake of the South Korean film Oldboy. It’s hard to believe that these are casting calls for a movie directed by Spike Lee.
As you can see, the majority of roles with substance are reserved for “Caucasian” actors and roles for actors of color are incredibly stereotypical (Eg. the role of a “drug addicted nutcase” is reserved for an African American actress and the role of the “bullishly strong street thug” is reserved for a Latino actor.) Even though all the actors in the original film are Asian, only one casting breakdown specifically asks for an Asian actor: a nameless character that is a “mysterious exotic beauty.”
Director: Spike Lee
Exec. Producer: Spike Lee
Producers: Nathan Kahane, Doug Davison, Roy Lee, John Powers Middleton
Co-Producer/Writer: Mark Protosevich
Screen Play: Jo-Yun, Chun-hyung Lim, Chan-wook Park
Casting Director: Kim Coleman
Casting Associate: Jackie Sollitto
Casting Assistant: Keisha Richardson
Callbacks: Aug. 12, 2012 (Sunday)
Shooting / Start: October 1, 2012
Location: New Orleans
[WALLACE SHARKEY] Male, 60ish, Caucasian. Joe’s well-tailored, slickster boss.
[DONNA HAWTHORNE] Female, Mid 20s, Caucasian. Joe’s ex-wife and mother of Mia. Once a homecoming queen, now a stripped down hardworking single mom.
[DAVE BERMAN] Mid 40s to 50s. African-American. Shlubby, but very welthy businessman. Joe hits on his much younger girlfriend.
[ASIAN WOMAN] Female, Early to mid 20s, Asian. A mysterious exotic beauty sitting at the bar observing Joe. MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE A PLUS
[CHUCKY] Male, Mid 40s, Caucasian. A free spirited likeable human teddy bear who sports loud vintage Hawaiian shirts. Joe’s best friend.
[BROWNING] Male. Caucasian. Small in stature. A career criminal with pockmarked skin.
[CORTEZ] Latin male. 50s. A bullishly strong street thug/criminal.
[JAKE PRESTON] Male, Mid 30s to mid 40s, Caucasian. A clean cut tough looking former cop; the no-nonsense host of the TV show “Unsolved Crimes.”
[ADULT MIA] Female, Early 20s, Caucasian. A musical prodigy on cello. Sensitive, intelligent, beautiful but humble. CELLO EXPERIENCE A PLUS.
[GRACE] Female, 50s, African American. A drug addicted nutcase in the Mobile Hospital.
[JOHNNY] Male, Mid 40s to 50s, Caucasian. A disheveled, schizophrenic man who is on the street near the Mobile Hospital unit.
[A BURLY MAN] Male, 40s, Caucasian. Muscular and serious with close-cropped hair.
[THE CHECKPOINT] Male, 40s, Open Ethnicity. A serious looking sort (probably trying to hold down two or three jobs to support his family) who is sitting at a desk in the underground parking garage.
[EDWINA BURKE] Female, Late 50s to early 60s, Caucasian, distinguished-looking. She is from Evergreen Academy where Joe attended school. She is tough, smart, and very much a lady, but a lonely one.
[SECURITY GUARD] Male, 40s to 50s, Caucasian. The guard at Evergreen Academy that patrols the grounds and takes his job a bit more seriously than he needs to.
[AMANDA PRYCE] Female, 14, Caucasian. Adrian’s younger sister. She is pretty, yet shy and a bit awkward-looking.
[YOUNG JOE DOUCETTE] Male, 17, Caucasian. A young Josh Brolin.
I’ve never seen the original, but WOW. Really Spike Lee?
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