Crowe re­sponds to ‘Aloha’ crit­ics

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Oliver Get­tell

“Aloha” di­rec­tor Cameron Crowe re­sponded to crit­i­cism of his cast­ing Emma Stone as a part-Asian char­ac­ter in his ro­man­tic com­edy set in Hawaii.

“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,” Crowe wrote on his blog, the Un­cool, Tues­day evening.

The story of a jaded de­fense con­trac­tor (Bradley Cooper) look­ing to get his life back to­gether costars Stone as Al­li­son Ng, an Air Force pi­lot who is one-quar­ter Chi­nese and one-quar­ter Hawai­ian on her fa­ther’s side; her mother is of Swedish de­scent.

“Cap­tain Al­li­son Ng was writ­ten to be a su­per-proud

1⁄ Hawai­ian who was frus

4 trated that, by all out­ward ap­pear­ances, she looked noth­ing like one,” Crowe wrote. “A half-Chi­nese fa­ther was meant to show the sur­pris­ing mix of cul­tures of­ten preva­lent in Hawaii. ... The char­ac­ter was based on a real-life, red-headed lo­cal who did just that.”

Crowe added that “so many of us are hun­gry for sto­ries with more racial diver­sity, more truth in rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and I am anx­ious to help tell those sto­ries in the fu­ture.”

Dim­itrios Kambouris Getty Im­ages

“ALOHA’S” Cameron Crowe is un­der fire.

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