Dev Patel Vs. Racist Hollywood

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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.├óΓé¼┬¥

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!

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[Image via WENN.]

Aug 10, 2010 5:15pm PDT

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