Okay...Facebook really is a wasteful time suck, isn't it?
And a lot of the people replying on it are almost all reactionaries that never really read before they reply. I'm really starting to hate the service more-and-more with each passing day, especially with its technical limitations and deliberate simplicity.
Most of my DevaintART fans are fairly smart people (or so I assume) and wanted to share my thoughts on the recent casting of actress Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, for the 2017 "Power Rangers"
movie...Please read carefully.
On one hand, an older actress would have been more ideal, due to the fact that Rita Repulsa (and her Japanese counterpart Witch Bandora) are more wicked grandmothers than younger lady roles.
And although it is an important and problematic issue that continues to frustrate a follower of Hollywood fantasy films like myself, I don't really want to bring up the original Japanese actress / race-issue because #1 - Rita Repulsa is an evil space alien, so 'human casting' can be a little more flexible than human-based characters from Earth (the nonsense behind "The Last Airbender"
for example), and #2 - Hollywood SUCKS at white-washing ALL THE DAMN TIME and because of which, we need to pick our battles more carefully in this ongoing debacle.
Seriously, there are Hollywood bio-pics based on real-life Asian-Americans recast with as purely white actors that get less notice because they're not based on popular comic books or superhero properties. There ARE worse offenders to consider, beyond our fanciable fandom gripes, ladies and gentlemen.
Plus, they openly re-cast Billy the Blue Ranger in this upcoming film with RJ Cyler, a black actor, because they wanted the right actors for the various roles (same goes with Ludi Lin, an Asian actor, in the Zack the Black ZRanger role), which I am more than cool with if that's the same thinking behind Rita Repulsa here.
And being a fan of this particular comedy actress (Banks), and considering the larger-than-life character that IS Rita Repulsa, I am MORE than happy with this casting choice. You need a good comedian who can expertly chew the scenery, basically.
Still though, it's a complicated issue, and wanted to hear some better opinions on this matter outside the limits of Facebook and from people who somewhat know me better as a person.
Hopefully this decision doesn't backfire TOO badly...