Dev Patel Is Asian, Hollywood Is Racist
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Seriously, I’m so over Indian people calling themselves Asian. Yes, I get it, India is on the continent of Asia. Thanks for the 4th grade geography lesson. But in reality, when somebody says “Asian”, do you immediately think of this? Or this? Right, so that clears that up. Anyway, the dude from Slumdog Millionaire apparently can’t find work because Indians can only play cab drivers, terrorists, smart geeks, or doctors. You know, just like in real life. Telegraph UK reports:
“Because Slumdog was such a big hit there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick,” he said. “Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I’m likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek… I want to show that I have versatility. You have to remember that, before Slumdog, the last film about India that went big at the Oscars was Gandhi, as played by Ben Kingsley. The fact that me and Freida have any kind of platform in Hollywood is a big step forward.”..Patel said he was hoping to overcome prejudice. “I’m buzzing with adrenaline and raring to go, but I have to be realistic. Being an Asian actor, it’s never going to be easy. Hopefully the industry is changing and the casting directors will be less focused on colour so that people like myself can get through the door.”
Man, I wish I had a built in excuse for why I couldn’t find a job. Oh, wait! I do! Except I have two jobs. Sorry about that. And out of curiosity, exactly what roles does he actually expect to get? The little kids and the chick in Slumdog were the best actors in that movie and he looks like the treasurer of the AV Club. I don’t get it. He’s cast according to type, like everyone else. Does he want to play Amon Goeth? Tony Stark? Edward Cullen? Mr. White? James Bond? Would that be acceptable? Awesome, so when those movies bomb, we can blame something else, right? Probably not. Because I hate for you to hear it like this, but none of those look like they should be asking for my service tag while playing online chess.
Machine Girl’s Minase Yashiro. Asian: