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15 Actors Who Can Play Any Race According To Hollywood

Such versatility.

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1. Scarlett Johansson

The Role: Major Kusanagi in Ghost In the Shell. Who knew that Scarlett Johansson had secretly been a Japanese woman all along?
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The Role: Major Kusanagi in Ghost In the Shell. Who knew that Scarlett Johansson had secretly been a Japanese woman all along?

2. Benedict Cumberbatch

The Role: Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. But, like, with whiteness.
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The Role: Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. But, like, with whiteness.

3. Emma Stone

The Role: Allison Ng in Aloha – a white-passing "super-proud ¼ Hawaiian." As Rogelio De La Vega quipped on Jane the Virgin, "I hear she can play any race!"
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The Role: Allison Ng in Aloha – a white-passing "super-proud ¼ Hawaiian." As Rogelio De La Vega quipped on Jane the Virgin, "I hear she can play any race!"

4. Joseph Fiennes

The Role: Michael Jackson In Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon. Yes, this white man is playing one of the most famous black men in history. 2016!
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The Role: Michael Jackson In Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon. Yes, this white man is playing one of the most famous black men in history. 2016!

5. Rooney Mara

The Role: Tiger Lily In Pan. But also: Did Pan really happen?
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The Role: Tiger Lily In Pan. But also: Did Pan really happen?

6. Tilda Swinton

The Role: The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, originally a Tibetan role. Now it's Tilda Swinton. Because of reasons.
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The Role: The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, originally a Tibetan role. Now it's Tilda Swinton. Because of reasons.

7. Angelina Jolie

The Role: Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart. Mariane is a real-life woman who is Jewish-Dutch and also Afro-Chinese-Cuban. Just like, uh, Angelina?
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The Role: Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart. Mariane is a real-life woman who is Jewish-Dutch and also Afro-Chinese-Cuban. Just like, uh, Angelina?

8. Jim Sturgess

The Role: Ben Campbell in 21, who in real life is a man named Jeffrey Ma, who is Chinese-American. At least he sounded good on the Across the Universe soundtrack?
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The Role: Ben Campbell in 21, who in real life is a man named Jeffrey Ma, who is Chinese-American. At least he sounded good on the Across the Universe soundtrack?

9. Christian Bale

The Role: Moses in Exodus: Gods And Kings. M O S E S.
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The Role: Moses in Exodus: Gods And Kings. M O S E S.

10. Joel Edgerton

The Role: Ramses, Exodus: Gods And Kings. A LITERAL EGYPTIAN KING.
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The Role: Ramses, Exodus: Gods And Kings. A LITERAL EGYPTIAN KING.

11. Zachary Levi

The Role: Ray Rehman in Shades Of Ray. He plays a half-Pakistani man. He is not that, but the spray tan emboldens many.
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The Role: Ray Rehman in Shades Of Ray. He plays a half-Pakistani man. He is not that, but the spray tan emboldens many.

12. Liam Neeson

The Role: Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. One in a long line of white men playing Ra's.
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The Role: Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. One in a long line of white men playing Ra's.

13. Johnny Depp

The Role: Tonto in The Lone Ranger. Depp has previously said “I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line." 😶.
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The Role: Tonto in The Lone Ranger. Depp has previously said “I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line." 😶.

14. Jake Gyllenhaal

The Role: Dastan in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. He was the prince. Of Persia.
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The Role: Dastan in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. He was the prince. Of Persia.

15. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau

The Role: Horus in Gods Of Egypt. Imagine the phone call. "Oh, yeah, they're picturing you, the Danish guy from Game Of Thrones for the Egyptian god Horus." "I'll take it."
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The Role: Horus in Gods Of Egypt. Imagine the phone call. "Oh, yeah, they're picturing you, the Danish guy from Game Of Thrones for the Egyptian god Horus." "I'll take it."

This is not an exhaustive list.

*Shudders.*
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*Shudders.*

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