Brenda Song claims she ‘wasn’t Asian enough’ to audition for Crazy Rich Asians

Brenda Song has claimed she missed out on the chance to audition for Crazy Rich Asians because producers felt she was too American.In a new interview with Teen Vogue, the actress revealed that she didn’t get the opportunity to test for the hit 2018 rom…

Brenda Song has claimed she missed out on the chance to audition for Crazy Rich Asians because producers felt she was too American.

In a new interview with Teen Vogue, the actress revealed that she didn’t get the opportunity to test for the hit 2018 romantic comedy, which featured a largely Asian-American cast.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but I never got to read for Crazy Rich Asians, ever…,” the 31-year-old said. “Their reasoning behind that, what they said, was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart.

“I said, ‘This character is in her late to mid-20s (sic), an Asian-American, and I can’t even audition for it? I’ve auditioned for Caucasian roles my entire career, but this specific role, you’re not going to let me do it?’ You’re going to fault me for having worked my whole life?’ I was like, ‘Where do I fit?'”

Brenda is best known for her TV roles in such shows as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Dads, Scandal, New Girl, and her new series Dollface. She also played the love interest of Andrew Garfield’s character in David Fincher’s The Social Network.

Following Brenda’s interview, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu responded on Twitter and furiously denied her accusations.

“Would these words ever come out of my mouth?” he tweeted. “Nope, makes no sense. I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!”

Crazy Rich Asians starred Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh. Two sequels are currently in the works.

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Constance Wu won’t watch Hustlers

Constance Wu has no interest in watching her hit stripper movie Hustlers because she fears it will make her too “self-conscious” for future projects.The Crazy Rich Asians star features alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film, which tells of a real-life gr…

Constance Wu has no interest in watching her hit stripper movie Hustlers because she fears it will make her too “self-conscious” for future projects.

The Crazy Rich Asians star features alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film, which tells of a real-life group of exotic dancers who con their wealthy broker clients.

While Hustlers is being tipped for big things during the upcoming Hollywood awards season, Wu has now admitted that she is yet to see the finished product, and she doubts she ever will.

In a new interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, she was asked by Mindy Kaling if she will ever see her own movie, and she replied, “Probably not. It’s not that I don’t watch all my projects, it’s a case-by-case basis. If it’s going to help my work to watch something, I’ll watch it, but if I think it’s just going to make me self-conscious about my work in the future and damage my work, then I don’t.”

Wu went on to explain that her decision has nothing to do with the quality of the movie.

“I think Destiny (her Hustlers character) is in such a vulnerable (place)… She has such a huge arc, she changes from beginning, middle to end,” the 37-year-old explained. “I feel like if I watch that too much, I’ll get analytical and self-conscious and it’ll affect my performance in the future. But I’m so glad people are enjoying it, and I had the best time doing it.”

Hustlers, which also co-stars Julia Stiles and Cardi B, is based on a New York Magazine article that went viral in 2015.

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Constance Wu goes to acting classes on her days off

Constance Wu goes to acting classes on her days off because that’s where she feels the “most free”.The 37-year-old started acting in a community theatre in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, at the age of 12 before training at the Lee Strasberg …

Constance Wu goes to acting classes on her days off because that’s where she feels the “most free”.

The 37-year-old started acting in a community theatre in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, at the age of 12 before training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

She has since found success with hit sitcom Fresh Off the Boat and movies like Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers, but the Golden Globe-nominated actress loves her job so much that she even goes to acting classes on her days off.

“I love what I do. It’s more fun for me than going to a party,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “When I have a day off, I go to acting class. I’m there with all the other actors who are struggling and waiting tables and trying to become actors, just because it’s fun. It’s where I feel most free.”

She also opened up about the early days of her career, and recalled a time when she was living in New York during her early 20s and was juggling her job as a waitress with auditions. While deciding whether to retrain as a speech therapist or to focus on her acting career, she decided to ditch her acting dream because of a “pathetic reason”.

“I had a boyfriend I was in love with, who wasn’t too psyched with the idea of being with an actress, because it wasn’t stable. He wasn’t like: ‘I don’t want to be with an actress,’ but he said: ‘I just want a partner with a stable job.’ I tried it. It didn’t work for me. And that relationship did not end up working out,” Wu explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wu teased the latest developments for the two follow-up movies to last year’s smash hit, Crazy Rich Asians.

“I’m still friends with Jon M. Chu (the director). Last I talked to him, they were still working on the scripts,” she stated.

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Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu ‘proud’ of Adele Lim over pay row

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is “proud” of screenwriter Adele Lim’s decision to walk away from the sequel after finding out her male co-writer was paid more.Peter Chiarelli, who co-wrote the 2018 original with Lim, was allegedly set to be paid…

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is “proud” of screenwriter Adele Lim’s decision to walk away from the sequel after finding out her male co-writer was paid more.

Peter Chiarelli, who co-wrote the 2018 original with Lim, was allegedly set to be paid a “significantly higher” fee than her for the follow-up, with reports that he stood to make between $800,000 (£645,000) and $1 million (£810,000) for the job, while Lim was offered in the region of $110,000 (£90,000).

Now Chu, who will also helm the second movie, has broken his silence on the scandal, insisting that while he and studio bosses couldn’t reach an agreement with Lim about her salary, he remains proud of her for having stood up for what she believes in.

“When I discovered she was unhappy with the initial offer, the producers, myself and studio executives leapt into action to ensure we got to a place of parity between the two writers at a significant number,” he wrote in an open letter posted to his Twitter account. “It was both educational and powerful to hear all facets of the debate.

“Unfortunately, by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyone’s needs, a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer. These things happen in negotiations, and I’m proud that she was able to stand up for her own measure of worth and walk away when she felt like she was being undervalued.”

Chu urged fans not to go after Chiarelli, calling him “a good man” and a “creative force”, and concluded his post by claiming he is still leaving the door open for Lim to re-join the Crazy Rich Asians series.

“The door is always open for Adele and if there’s another shot at making it work, I know we are all for it but that’s a personal and private conversation between ourselves,” the 39-year-old finished.

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Crazy Rich Asians co-writer quits sequel due to pay disparity

Adele Lim has pulled out of the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians sequel after finding out her male co-writer was being paid a higher salary.Peter Chiarelli, who also co-wrote the first movie with Lim, was reportedly set to be paid a “significantly higher” …

Adele Lim has pulled out of the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians sequel after finding out her male co-writer was being paid a higher salary.

Peter Chiarelli, who also co-wrote the first movie with Lim, was reportedly set to be paid a “significantly higher” fee for the follow-up than Lim, who shared in a statement with The Hollywood Reporter: “Being evaluated that way can’t help but make you feel that is how they view my contributions.

“Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer. If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of colour would never have been (hired for).

“There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity that way.”

Sources told the publication Chiarelli stood to make between $800,000 (£645,000) and $1 million (£810,000) for the job, while Lim was offered in the region of $110,000 (£90,000). And the writer, who was born in Malaysia, added that women and people of colour are often regarded as “soy sauce” in the film industry – implying they’re hired specifically to add culturally relevant details to a screenplay.

“There’s too much responsibility and too much precedent from the first movie that the last thing I want to do is just hit a date and release the movie,” she continued, reflecting on the cultural significance of the movie. “There’s still too much work to do. Our focus isn’t on the timeline, it’s on getting the story right.”

Crazy Rich Asians was released last year and became the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade. A release date has yet to be set for the sequel.

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Henry Golding in talks to play ninja in G.I. Joe spin-off movie

Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding is reportedly in talks to be the leading man in the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes.The 32-year-old is in negotiations to portray the titular character in the latest instalment of the action franchise, according to The…

Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding is reportedly in talks to be the leading man in the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes.

The 32-year-old is in negotiations to portray the titular character in the latest instalment of the action franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Snake Eyes first appeared as part of the G.I. Joe toy line in the 1980s, and was the leader of a gang of military members fighting terrorism and his arch-enemy Storm Shadow, a ninja who is also his blood brother.

The character, who dressed all in black, never revealed his face and never spoke, and was played by stuntman Ray Park in the big-screen adventures starring Channing Tatum.

Snake Eyes will reportedly centre on his quest for revenge after his father’s death which sees him joining a ninja clan, beginning his journey to finding acceptance.

The Time Traveler’s Wife director Robert Schwentke will helm the new project, with Evan Spiliotopoulos penning the script, and Brian Goldner, from toy company Hasbro, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura among the producers.

The first film inspired by the popular Hasbro toys was 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, featuring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, followed by 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which also starred Tatum as well as Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.

Golding made his feature film debut as Nick Young in last year’s Crazy Rich Asians and has gone on to land leading roles in upcoming romantic comedy Last Christmas, with Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson, and Guy Ritchie’s crime thriller The Gentlemen, with Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant.

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Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan in talks to join The Eternals

Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan are reportedly in talks to join Marvel’s The Eternals.According to Variety, the Crazy Rich Asians star will join the star-studded cast which includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani.This isn…

Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan are reportedly in talks to join Marvel’s The Eternals.

According to Variety, the Crazy Rich Asians star will join the star-studded cast which includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani.

This isn’t the first Marvel movie for British actress Chan, who played Minn-Erva in this year’s Captain Marvel, alongside Brie Larson and Jude Law. It is not known if the 36-year-old will reprise the role or play a different character in The Eternals.

Keoghan, who shot to fame in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk, is also set to feature in the superhero movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 26-year-old Irishman was recently seen in HBO’s critically-acclaimed series Chernobyl and Yorgos Lanthimos’ thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and has just wrapped filming on fantasy movie Green Knight.

At San Diego Comic-Con last month, it was announced that Oscar winner Jolie would play Thena, Madden will be playing Ikaris and Hayek will play Ajak, the mother of the Eternals.

Chloe Zhao is directing the project, based on the 1976 comic book created by Jack Kirby, while Matthew and Ryan Firpo have penned the script, and Marvel boss Kevin Feige is producing.

It is thought the film will follow the adventures of the super-powered and near-immortal beings as they battle against their monstrous enemies the Deviants, that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials. Zhao previously said that the film will explore what it means to be human.

The Eternals is set to be released in November 2020.

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Awkwafina felt insecure crying onscreen for The Farewell

Awkwafina felt insecure about crying in her new film The Farewell but it ended up becoming a very emotional experience.The star, real name Nora Lum, made her film breakthrough in 2018 with roles in comedies Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, but she pr…

Awkwafina felt insecure about crying in her new film The Farewell but it ended up becoming a very emotional experience.

The star, real name Nora Lum, made her film breakthrough in 2018 with roles in comedies Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, but she proves her dramatic acting chops in The Farewell, a drama about a Chinese family who doesn’t tell the matriarch she’s dying and instead throws her one last hurrah.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Awkwafina confessed she was self-conscious about getting upset onscreen when they started filming, but once she got fully into her character Billi, her emotions ran wild.

“It was extremely emotional. At the start of filming, I was insecure about crying. But when I got into it and thought about what this girl was going through, it felt very real,” she shared.

The rapper-turned-actress was born in New York to a Chinese-American father and South Korean mother, and the role helped her understand the Asian perspective on the dilemma.

“During the transformation into my character, Billi, I really grappled with the idea of not telling someone about their own medical condition,” Awkwafina explained. “As an American, it seemed very wrong to me at first. But as Asian people, we have an undying reverence for our elders, and when you think about it as a communication of love, respect, and generosity, you realise that it’s complicated, layered, and very profound. I think this role helped me understand it.”

Awkwafina credits films such as Crazy Rich Asians with helping movies like The Farewell get made and for helping Asian-American actors get more work.

“Asian-American actors have told me that before Crazy Rich Asians they couldn’t get one audition. Now they’re getting tons,” she commented.

The Farewell is in U.S. cinemas now and will open in the U.K. in October.

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Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay diving in for The Little Mermaid – report

Rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina and child star Jacob Tremblay are in talks to join the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The Crazy Rich Asians star has been tapped to voice seagull character Scuttle, while The Room actor T…

Rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina and child star Jacob Tremblay are in talks to join the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

The Crazy Rich Asians star has been tapped to voice seagull character Scuttle, while The Room actor Tremblay is in negotiations to bring tropical fish Flounder to life, reports Deadline.

The casting details emerge three days after director Rob Marshall reportedly approached Melissa McCarthy and asked her to star as Ursula, the mermaid star Ariel’s nemesis. Her deal has yet to be finalised, but one person unhappy with the news is musician Lizzo, who took to Twitter on Friday, shortly after McCarthy’s name was attached to the role of the sea witch, and insisted she was better suited for the part.

Reposting a Variety article about The Little Mermaid development, she added a sad face emoji, and shared a video clip of herself dressed as Ursula for Halloween last year, complete with purple body paint, as she belted out a rendition of the film’s track Poor Unfortunate Souls.

“I’M URSULA. PERIOD. @Disney,” she captioned the footage.

Disney bosses have yet to respond to Lizzo’s appeal.

The new version of The Little Mermaid, a remake of the beloved 1989 animated film, is expected to move into production early next year.

Composer and songwriter Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the original production, will return to create some new tunes for the project with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will also serve as a producer, alongside Marshall.

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Constance Wu to star in Goodbye, Vitamin film adaptation

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a…

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a producer, according to editors at Variety.

Goodbye, Vitamin follows 30-year-old Ruth as she navigates leaving her fiance, quitting her job and heading back to her parents’ home only to find her history professor father is losing his memory.

“Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humour, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life,” a synopsis reads.

The book has received wide acclaim, including Best Book of the Year honours from O, The Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vogue, while it also won the 2017 California Book Award for First Fiction.

Jennifer Yee McDevitt is to write the screenplay, while Dylan Clark of Dylan Clark Productions is to produce.

In addition to appearing in hit 2018 romcom Crazy Rich Asians, Constance has been praised for her performance as Jessica Huang in TV series Fresh Off the Boat and is also currently working on upcoming STX Entertainment crime-comedy film Hustlers, opposite Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Julia Stiles.

However, the 37-year-old hit headlines in May when she reacted angrily to the news that Fresh Off the Boat had been picked up for a sixth season in a string of Twitter messages, before later explaining that the renewal meant she had to turn down another project about which she was very passionate.

Following her tweets, it was rumoured that she might be recast in the show. However, ABC bosses later insisted they couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role.

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