Acting in movies isn’t always fun for actors and actresses. As actors and celebrities who are in the spotlight in everything they do, they need to stay relevant. Some roles played by these actors seem a bit too risque for some people not to criticize. Their appearances are even considered controversial or sometimes offensive. Conflicts over race, gender and identity: these are serious and sensitive topics that many filmmakers sometimes overlook. As a result, many actors and actresses receive backlash for their roles.
In this list, we summarize some roles in films considered highly offensive and controversial by critics and audiences.
1. Ben Affleck – Argo
Argo’s film is based on the true story of CIA agent Tony Mendez and his undercover mission to rescue American citizens from the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Ben Affleck’s controversy as he does not have Hispanic blood like the character he portrayed.
One artist who spoke out against racism in the movie “Argo” is a Latin-born artist, Edward James Olmos. He opened his voice on the relationship between the political climate and the issue of racism.
Olmos opens his voice, one of the references of the film ‘Argo’, interpreted and directed by Ben Affleck.
In the film, Olmos questions why the character is not played by an actor with Mexican blood, even though the lead role he plays is a Mexican-American.
“When Hollywood made a movie about Latin, say like Tony Mendez in ‘Argo,’ Ben Affleck shouldn’t play it. He’s a director, he should snag Michael Pena or Andy Garcia,” Olmos said, as reported by Deadline.
The movie Argo tells the true story of a CIA agent named Tony Mendez, a Mexican-American who poses as a Hollywood movie producer. Tony Mendez maintains that the search for a filming location in Iran aims to save six American hostages during the crisis of 1979. Ben Affleck, who played Tony Mendez in the film, made Olmos react. According to him, the question of racism still arises today.
On this subject, Ben Affleck also opened his voice. He said there should be no problem.
“You know, I asked for Tony Mendez’s approval to play him. And Tony basically doesn’t have a Latin/Spanish accent,” Ben Affleck said.
2. Emma Stone – Aloha
In the film Aloha (2015), Emma Stone plays Allison Ng, a character who comes from Hawaii and has Asian blood. Like Ben Affleck, he said his role in the films should not be seen as problematic due to differences in cultural backgrounds.
“It’s a very important conversation. The character shouldn’t be like a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese,” he said in an interview with News.com Australia.
In the film, Emma plays Captain Allison Ng, whose character is said to have Asian and Hawaiian blood. Crowe said the character was adapted from a real, redheaded woman from Hawaii trying to explain her culture.
“Whether this story at some point is painful is, of course, a subject of much discussion,” he added.
Crowe claims to have learned enough for his future job. But at the same time, he also said he was proud to have employed many crews from diverse backgrounds. There is Asia, America, even Hawaii.
Crowe also regretted that many viewers made bad comments before watching and observing the story of the film “Aloha”.
3. Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange
The Doctor Strange movie is based on the Marvel comic of the same name, and in the comics the Ancient One character is actually portrayed by an Asian male. The Ancient One was Doctor Strange’s mentor and was considered the Sorcerer Supreme. And Tilda Swinton’s election is seen as inconsistent with the Elder’s comic description.
Responding to the controversy that led him, Tilda Swinton responded with a big heart.
“I think when people see this movie, they’ll see that this movie comes from a very diverse place, in different ways. Maybe the misconceptions around this movie have become an opportunity for those who disagree to speak up, and I’m not against it at all,” the actress said.
4. Halle Berry
Halle Berry has been cast as a transgender man in an untitled film. The news provoked a scathing response from many parties, one of which was the LGBT organization.
Halle Berry had survived the criticism he had received. But in the end, he decided not to continue with the offer.
“I shouldn’t have considered this role, and the transgender community should have the opportunity to tell their own story,” he said in a statement he tweeted.
On the same day, Berry’s apology was later responded to by the LGBTQ rights organization via Twitter. They were grateful that the actress was willing to listen to the concerns of LGBT people.
“Highly influential people should do like Halle Berry. A good start is to watch Disclosure and learn more about transgender representation in the media,” the organization said on Twitter.
5. Julianne Moore – The Kids Are Fine
In the 2010 film The Kids Are Alright, Julianne Moore played Jules, a lesbian and parent. His gender expression, which he criticized in another life, did not match the character he played. Since then, Julianne Moore has considered similar characters in the future that will be offered to her.
“When I played this role, I looked back. Will this role be accepted by a lot of people? Because I think we have to provide real representation for a lot of people,” he said. he declares.
In the film, he collided with Mark Ruffalo as well as the late actor Eddie Hassell. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 2011 Oscars.
6. Scarlett Johansson – Ghost in the Shell
The Ghost in The Shell movie is based on an anime series starring a Japanese woman, Motoko Kusanagi. Scarlett Johansson’s election has also sparked debate to play the character of Major Mira Killian.
The presence of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell continues to create controversy. Scarlett Johansson, a white Hollywood actress, is considered unsuitable to play the main character Motoko Kusanagi, who seems very involved in Japanese culture.
Not only from Ghost in the Shell fans, but this harsh review also came from mainstream media outlet Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA). Scarlett Johansson is considered a liar, given her interview some time ago.
Interviewed by Good Morning America, Scarlett Johansson once said, “I will not play a character from another race,” proclaimed FoxNews.
In fact, Scarlett Johansson was playing a female character who was supposed to be portrayed as coming from Asia. This was pointed out by Robert Chan, CEO of MANAA, who said “we don’t see the similarity between Scarlett Johansson and her identity as a human being in this character”.
Scarlett Johansson’s appearance was very regrettable by MANAA as if Asian artists could not portray Motoko Kusanagi’s character well.
He continued, “Hollywood always provides a defense. By cooperating with artists who are considered well-known, you will be able to increase the popularity of the film. It’s sad.”
However, the presence of Scarlett Johansson actually received praise from Mamoru Oshii, the director of the first animated film released in 1995. According to Oshii, Johansson’s appearance as the main character in the Hollywood version exceeded his expectations. .
“The Major (the main character played by Johansson) is a cyborg and his overall physical form is considered as such. The name “Motoko Kusanagi” and his current body are neither his real name nor his real body, there is no so no reason to say an asian actress should play him if his real body (let’s assume such a thing exists) was japanese it would still be applied i think this character is having a very unique experience because he has a brain human in a complete machine body. He’s basically anonymous,” he said in response to the criticism he received. Scarlett Johannson added that he had hardly ever tried to play a character from a certain breed.
7. Anne Hathaway – The Witches
Anne Hathaway starred as a witch in the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s novel. This film is controversial because it shows the character of a witch who is physically imperfect because she only has four fingers.
Anne Hathaway pointed out that she was unaware of the impact her character portrayals had on certain audiences. “As someone who truly believes in inclusivity and truly hates cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain it has caused. I apologize,” he said in a recent statement. .
He also encouraged his fans to support the campaign to raise awareness among individuals to react to the physical differences in some people. The campaign is accompanied by the hashtag #NotAWitch and was initiated by the organization Lucky Fin Project.