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Who knew that The Last Airbender would be the last big role for Dev Patel?

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel is angry with Hollywood because he is not getting offered substantial roles. Here’s what Dev had to say about it:

"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.”

Not cool, Hollywood not cool. More from Dev:

"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."

And finally:

"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."

Unfortunately for Dev Patel, choosing The Last Airbender as his second film has only caused further problems. The film has been a source of protest, and it’s been accused of racism for having white actors play roles that were Asian in the original cartoon show.

We hope things change for the better too, Dev!

Do U think Hollywood is racist?

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112 comments to “Dev Patel Vs. Racist Hollywood”

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  1. 101

    Re: GMuru – umm your joking right?? MEXICO IS IN NORTH AMERICA DUMBASS



  2. 102

    Re: LilyoftheEmeraldValley – AMEN! I CANT STAND IGNORANCE LIKE THAT!! I BET MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE SHOCKED TO LEARN THAT RUSSIA IS IN ASIA ALSO!!



  3. 103

    Ok so this is for the ignorant people who doesn't know that India is in Asia that's why he call himself asian Helloooo is not only chinese!!!!! Learn b4 talk….the 1 who shoulb be embarassed is U ;)

    and thx for those who mentioned before…..
    can't stand those….



  4. 104

    It's not racism. It's the worship of the Almighty Dollar. Dev Patel cannot carry a film with the types of roles that he wants. You could be the greatest actor in the world, but if no one comes to your movies, you won't get hired.



  5. 105

    "the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek"
    - hes pretty much spot on, this is just about the only roles you see asians playing in hollywood. Specifially indians.
    Hollywood is pretty racist I mean…have you seen the movie "crash"?.
    I think they're just about accepting mexicans and latinos but not asians just yet.



  6. 106

    I can't believe hes come so far from being anwar in skins



  7. 107

    White americans tend to forget that its not their country….its the native americans….the white americans are descended from the british and the british just like to take over everything they can get their hands on



  8. 108

    Re: shittin_condoms – AND INDIA IS WHERE?
    IN ASIA YOU FUCKING RETARD.
    omg that is the most retarded comment i've ever read.
    Asians aren't just chinese you idiot.



  9. 109

    Re: ladyishe – LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL



  10. 110

    Re: shittin_condoms – Get a fucking map.



  11. 111

    Re: shittin_condoms – Asian people are from Asia. Where's India? …why do Americans suck at geography.



  12. 112

    Dev I understand what you are say, and you can definitely carry a film. I feel most big actor have there own production company and a lot have writing partners. Hollywood as a whole are less interested in good scripts as blowing things up in 3D right now. It will pass in a few years, if you can hold out and pay a few dues.

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