Whitewashing – I’m sure you’ve heard the term recently. Marvel Studios suffered criticism for casting Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, a role many thought should have stuck to the comics and gone with an Asian man. Now, According to Variety, Iron Fist actor Lewis Tan agrees with those sentiments.
“I’m not the biggest fan of [the Tilda Swinton] casting choice. I can see why they wanted to switch it up. Producers, studios, directors, writers — there’s a lot of voices. I think that an Asian woman would’ve been fantastic cast in that. They said she would be too much of a ‘Dragon Lady’ or too stereotypical, but I disagree.”
Personally, I don’t think Swinton was the right fit for the character. She gave a cliche performance in the role, and the ethnic diversity could have potentially made the film feel more authentic.
What are your thoughts on Tan’s comments, as well as the casting of Tilda Swinton in the role? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.
Doctor Strange is in theaters now.