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    "Crazy Rich Asians" Director Jon M. Chu Responds To "Whitewashing" Criticism

    "That's a lesson that I did not understand until it happened."

    You remember Crazy Rich Asians.

    A romantic embrace on set of 2018's "Crazy Rich Asians"
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    Well, when the film debuted in 2018, some viewers criticized it for a lack of South Asian actors.

    On set of "Crazy Rich Asians," Henry Golding, Lisa Lu, Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh huddle in a circle
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    They believed the film was an example of "whitewashing."

    And the few South Asian faces represented on screen portrayed domestic workers and armed guards.

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    It's shocking, considering that the film takes place in Singapore, and that Indians are the third-largest ethnic group living in the metropolis.

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    In a new interview with Insider, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu responded to the feedback, saying he "totally gets" it.

    On set of "Crazy Rich Asians," Awkwafina, director Jon M. Chu, Henry Golding, and Constance Wu prep a scene
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    "That's a lesson that I did not understand until it happened. I was like, this is a book that exists, and I'm making this book into a movie. I can't add a new character into this book," he said.

    Actor Jimmy O. Yang and director Jon M. Chu review notes on set of "Crazy Rich Asians"
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    "Looking back, I should have had a joke there [for the guards] being like, 'These idiots.' There's stuff to do to make them more human instead of just, like, these guards."

    Director Jon M. Chu, Michelle Yeoh, Amy Cheng, and Selena Tan examine a scene on set of "Crazy Rich Asians"
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    He said he "won't make that mistake again."

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    Chu said there were South Asian actors present at a party in the film, too, but he didn't "accent it in any way." "They're just sort of there. I don't give them the space to be there."

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    He continued, "Listen, we need to have more movies, you need to have more filmmakers so that [representation] doesn't rest on one movie."

    Read more at Insider.

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