Beloved director Cameron Crowe's new film Aloha is struggling to stay afloat after harsh waves of negative reviews!
The Bradley Cooper rom-com barely made a splash it's opening weekend, coming in sixth at the box office with only $10 million. (Compared to San Andreas, which made $54 million!)
[ Related: Emma Stone & Rachel McAdams At Aloha's West Hollywood Premiere! ]
Critics have been blasting the Almost Famous director for whitewashing a film that takes place in Hawaii — specifically Emma Stone's character Captain Allison Ng, who in the film is one-quarter Hawaiian with a half-Chinese father.
Now, the 57-year-old has issued a "heart-felt apology" to those who didn't agree with the casting choice. He explained that Stone's character was based on a real redhead who was always frustrated that she didn't look the part of her Hawaiian heritage.
Crowe wrote the apology on his blog TheUncool:
"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. As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud 1/4 Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one. A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that."
The director continued to explain that the production employed a ton of locals and casted a bunch of Hawaiian actors — who were supporting characters for white leads Cooper, Stone, and Rachel McAdams.
But it seems as though Crowe learned his lesson. In the future, he plans to tell more stories with racial diversity!
Do YOU think the director's explanation will save Aloha from sinking?
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