Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, And 17 Other White Actors Who Have Played Non-White Characters


    While whitewashing — or casting a white actor to play a non-white person or fictional character, whether by making the character white or having the actor's appearance altered — seems to be less prevalent as time goes on, it's still a problem in Hollywood.

    In just a month, Bullet Train will hit theaters. The film, set in Japan, features an ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt and Joey King — both of whom are playing characters that are Japanese in Kōtarō Isaka's original novel.

    It got me thinking about other instances of whitewashing in Hollywood — of which there are many.

    Here are 20 of them (and note that this is by no means a comprehensive list):

    1. Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo (2012)

    ben affleck in argo

    2. Marlon Brando as Sakini in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

    marlon brando in the teahouse of the august moon

    3. Kirsten Dunst as Edwina in The Beguiled (2017)

    kirsten dunst in the beguiled

    4. Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

    jake gyllenhaal in prince of persia

    5. Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell (2017)

    scarlett johansson in ghost in the shell

    6. Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart (2007)

    angelina jolie in a mighty heart

    7. Angelina Jolie as Fox in Wanted (2008)

    angelina jolie in wanted

    8. Josh Hartnett as Eben Oleson in 30 Days of Night (2007)

    josh hartnett in 30 days of night

    9. Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in Pan (2015)

    rooney mara in pan

    10. Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy

    liam neeson in batman begins

    11. Emma Stone as Allison Ng in Aloha (2015)

    emma stone in aloha

    12. Sir Laurence Olivier as Othello in Othello (1965)

    laurence olivier in othello

    13. Natalie Portman as Lena and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dr. Ventress in Annihilation (2018)

    jennifer jason leigh and natalie portman in annihilation

    14. Mena Suvari as Brandi Boski in Stuck (2007)

    mena suvari in stuck

    15. Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    mickey rooney in breakfast at tiffany's

    16. Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1963)

    elizabeth taylor in cleopatra

    17. Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger (2013)

    johnny depp in the lone ranger

    18. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange (2016)

    tilda swinton in doctor strange

    19. Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story (1961)

    natalie wood in west side story

    What other instances of whitewashing have you seen in Hollywood? Sound off in the comments.