Oscar-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe has issued an apology over his latest movie. The director of “Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous” and “Vanilla Sky” took to his blog, The Uncool, to respond to people who have taken offense to his casting for “Aloha.”
The movie has been widely panned by critics, and has sparked a couple of controversies. In his blog post, Crowe addressed complaints about his casting of Emma Stone as the one-quarter Hawaiian, one-quarter Chinese character Allison Ng.
Crowe wrote, in part: “Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. 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 ¼ 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.”
Crowe goes on to note that “in the same movie, we employed many Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian and Pacific-Islanders, both before and behind the camera.”
An issue has also surfaced about the film’s title, “Aloha,” with some observers complaining that people without ties to the Hawaiian language should not be using it for profit.
Crowe won an Academy Award as a screenwriter in 2001 for “Almost Famous,” and his 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire” was a Best Picture nominee.