19 Actors Who Took Roles That They Proooooobably Shouldn't Have
When Scarlett Johansson (a white woman) played Motoko Kusanagi, a Japanese character, in Ghost in the Shell.
When Ben Kingsley — although of Indian descent — played Gandhi in Gandhi, during which he wore dark brownface and body makeup.
When Jared Leto (a cisgender man) played Rayon, a trans woman, in Dallas Buyers Club.
When Mickey Rooney (a white man) played Mr. Yunioshi, a racist stereotype of an Asian man, in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
When Eddie Redmayne (a straight, cisgender man) played Lili Elbe, one of the first recorded trans women to undergo sex reassignment surgery, in The Danish Girl.
When Elizabeth Taylor (a white woman) played Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, in Cleopatra.
When Emma Stone (a white woman) played Captain Allison Ng, a character of Hawaiian and Chinese decent, in Aloha.
When Ziyi Zhang (who's Chinese) and Michelle Yeoh (who's Malaysian) played two Japanese characters in Memoirs of a Geisha — a film that depicts a traditional aspect of Japanese culture.
When Jake Gyllenhaal (a white man) played Dastan, a character who's descended from Persia (modern-day Iran) in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
When Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth (both white) were cast in 21 — a film based on a true story about the MIT Blackjack Team, which consisted of all Asian students.
When Natalie Wood (a white woman of Russian descent) played Maria, a Puerto Rican woman, in West Side Story.
When Laurence Olivier (a white man) played Othello, a famous black character in Shakespeare's catalogue, in Othello, which he wore blackface for and adopted a camp accent.
When Nat Wolff (a white man) played Light, a Japanese character, in Death Note.
When Rooney Mara (a white woman) played Tiger Lily, a Native American character, in Pan.
When Zoe Saldana — a woman of Hispanic, Lebanese, and Haitian descent — played Nina Simone in a biopic where she wore darker makeup and a nose prosthetic.
When Christian Bale (a white man) played the biblical Moses, who is Egyptian, in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Finally, when Angelina Jolie (a white woman) played Marianne Pearl, a woman of Afro-Cuban descent, in A Mighty Heart, during which she wore darker makeup and a kinky wig.
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