10 Wacky Cases of Ethnic Miscasting

Sometimes Hollywood can make you believe anything, but in some cases, like movie casting, its hard not to notice a terrible miscasting, especially ethnic miscasting’s, here’s our list of 10 Wacky Cases Of Ethnic Miscasting.

10Marlon Brandon In The Tea-house Of The August Moon

Brando was known as one of the top billed actors of his time, for great roles in movies like the godfather and on the waterfront, but when casted to play a savvy Japanese Okinawan interpreter, things took a turn for the worst, Brando actually attempts an “authentic” accent, and even utters some actual Japanese-language dialogue, but loses points for his utterly unconvincing prosthetic eyepieces. It’s not helped by the hundreds of actual Japanese extras around him.

9Rob Schneider in 50 First Dates

Schneiders pretty known for playing ethnic dress-up in many films, but Rob Schneider masquerading as a native Hawaiian? Now that’s kind of unexpected, also don’t forget to catch him in brown face playing a Mexican in the ridiculous six.

8Al Pacino in Scarface

Speaking of non-Latino guys playing Latino characters, the most famous of them all has to be Al Pacino as Cuban defector Tony Montana in Brian De Palma’s cult classic “Scarface.” Pacino’s fake accent has since been immortalized by generations of catchphrase-spewing dudes, and it was equally appreciated at the time, as Pacino earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

7Lawrence Olivier in Othello

This, on the other hand, is a grade-A forehead slapper, Sir Lawrence Olivier, one of the greatest actors of his generation, if not all time, was casting to play the title role of Othello, the Moor of Venice. Who, like just about every other Moor, is black.

6Alec Guinness in A Passage to India

his portrayal of an Indian scholar is insensitive at best and insulting at worst, Alec probably should of passed on this one. Previous to this, Guinness had collaborated with director David Lean on some of the most successful films of their careers, winning Oscars for them both, and we must not also forget his great role as Obi Won Kenobi in the original star wars trilogy, the force should of told him this was a bad idea.

5Fisher Stevens in Short Circuit

Not until recently did i even realize that the lead in short circuit was not played by an Indian actor, but was actually played by an american actor by the name of Fisher Stevens, in brown face, Hollywood plans on rebooting this franchise, but i wonder if this time around they’ll cast an actual Indian.

4Christopher Lee in The Face of Fu Manchu

Christopher Lee, best known to modern audiences for roles like Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings.” and Count Dooku in the star wars franchise, Did not only play Fu Manchu, but played him in no fewer than five films between 1965 and 1969. Think on that the next time you try to grow a mustache.

3Katharine Hepburn In Dragon Seed

Seven years after the success of “The Good Earth,” MGM adapted another novel by Pearl Buck with far less success. Hepburn, with her Yankee twang intact, played a spirited Chinese woman who joins in the fight against the Japanese invaders, Hollywood really needs to put more time into proper casting.

2Johnny Depp In The Lone Ranger

Depp slapped on white face to play Tonto, the Native American sidekick to the title character in this ill-advised remake of the 1950’s TV show. He is just the latest in a long line of Caucasians cast by Hollywood filmmakers who should know better to play other ethnicity’s.

1Mickey Rooney In Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Rooney, who had ruled MGM in the 1930’s and 1940’s as a triple threat
with his singing, dancing and acting skills, delivers an embarrassingly
over-the-top turn as Audrey Hepburn’s Japanese landlord. With his buck-toothed
grin and broken English, Rooney is a jarring presence in this otherwise
sophisticated comedy.

And that concludes our list of 10 Wacky Cases Of Ethnic Miscasting, did
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