Kevin Feige: Casting Tilda Swinton in Physician Unusual was a mistake | Leisure

Kevin Feige thinks it is a “mistake” to cast Tilda Swinton in “Doctor Strange”.

The 60-year-old actress portrayed The Ancient One in the 2016 blockbuster, but now the president of Marvel Studios has admitted the backlash to cast her as the Tibetan guru was a “wake-up call” and he realized they could still avoid stereotypes hiring one Asian actor for the role.

Speaking to Men’s Health magazine, he said, “We thought we were so smart and up to date.

“We’re not going to do the old wise Asian man stereotype. But it was a wake-up call to say, ‘Well, wait, is there another way to find out? Is there one? Is there another way not to get in To guess the cliché and cast an Asian actor? ‘And of course the answer to that is yes. “

Marvel had previously defended themselves against allegations of “whitewashing” the character, insisting that they “regularly deviate from stereotypes” in their storytelling.

In a statement at the time of the backlash, they said, “Marvel has a very strong diversity in the cast of films and regularly deviates from stereotypes and source material in order to bring its MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] to live.

“The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by one character, but rather a nickname passed down over time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic.

“We are very proud that the hugely talented Tilda Swinton is this unique and complex character alongside our diverse cast.”

And Tilda previously defended her own casting as well, insisting that she be hired to avoid offensive stereotypes, as film directors wanted to avoid “that kind of Fu Manchu, an old man sitting on a mountain called The Ancient One.” .

She added, “You made this decision not to uphold these racist stereotypes.”