'Heroes' Star Says Hollywood Still Won't Accept Asians in Lead Roles THR

Masi Oka, one of the former stars of NBC’s "Heroes," said he believes the entertainment industry still doesn't accept Asians as lead characters.

Oka told The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s changed in Hollywood, but only so much. You can’t get Asians cast in leads yet. Maybe as a second lead, but the lead is still going to be Caucasian or African-American. But Hollywood is fickle -- it follows trends. If a show or a film did well with an Asian lead, then it would take off.”

Oka, who was attending the 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival, is working on a collaboration between Japan's biggest talent agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo, and the Second City comedy troupe, the story says.

"I grew up bicultural, reading manga in America. I’m a product of that,” Oka said. “I want to act as a bridge between Japan and America.”

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