Everyone but the Chinese are fretting about Matt Damon in ‘The Great Wall’

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The marketing wheels are turning ahead of the premiere of one of China’s biggest budget movies ever, The Great Wall.

The $150 million epic, directed by one of China’s most famous directors, Zhang Yimou, has promised movie monsters, a historical backdrop and huge explosions. 

Oh, and Matt Damon’s starring in it.

But in having to face the press this week to promote the movie, Damon inevitably had to respond to one of the biggest complaints about the movie so far — that the main role should’ve gone to an Asian person.

He reportedly said that stories labelling the movie as “whitewashed” were “outrageous,” and that his role as a mercenary going to China to steal gunpowder had always been intended as European. Read more…

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