The makers of Cloud Atlas are under fire for using poorly-done eye make-up to make white actors look like Asians. The use of eye prosthetics to change the appearance of the actors’ eyes in the film, has been called disturbing by an Asian American media watchdog.
Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) said that the makers had missed a great opportunity to break racial stereotypes by using a white actor to play an Asian man in one of the lead “action hero” roles.
“In the modern age of movie make up, it is disturbing to see poorly done Asian eye prosthetics to make Caucasian men look Asian,” the Daily Mail quoted Guk Aoki, MANAA’s founding president as telling the Hollywood Reporter. “The Korea story’s protagonist is an Asian man — an action hero who defies the odds and holds off armies of attackers. It would have been a great, stereotype-busting role for an Asian American actor to play, as Asian American men aren’t allowed to be dynamic or heroic very often,” he said.