Matt Damon criticised "outrageous1" stories in the era of fake news as he responded on Tuesday to accusations2 his role in the new China-Hollywood co-production The Great Wall should have gone to an Asian actor.
Some critics have said Damon's casting as the lead character amounted to "whitewashing3
," in which Caucasians are chosen for roles that should have gone to actors from other ethnicities.
The American actor said he thought of whitewashing as applying to Caucasian actors who wore makeup4
to appear to be of another race, as was common in the early days of film and television, when racism5
"That whole idea of whitewashing, I take that very seriously," Damon said in an interview, using the example of the Irish-American actor Chuck Connors, who played the lead character in the 1962 film Geronimo, about the famed Apache chief.
Damon, 46, plays a British mercenary in the upcoming $150 million adventure fantasy about a Chinese army battling monsters, helmed by acclaimed7
director Zhang Yimou.