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Tilda Swinton Responds to 'Doctor Strange' Whitewashing Controversy

Tilda Swinton Responds to 'Doctor Strange' Whitewashing Controversy

Tilda Swinton walks the red carpet at a screening of her movie A Bigger Splash on Thursday night (April 21) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The 55-year-old actress was joined at the event by her co-star Ralph Fiennes, 53, as well as Alex Pettyfer.

Tilda spoke to THR at the event and responded to the controversy over the whitewashing of an Asian character in her movie Doctor Strange. She is playing the role of the Ancient One, who was originally a Tibetan-born male in the comic books.

“Well, it’s not actually an Asian character — that’s what I need to tell you about it,” Tilda said. “I wasn’t asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that… You just have to wait and see, because it’s not an Asian character.”

FYI: Tilda is wearing a Maison Margiela Artisanal look.

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Credit: Dave Alloca; Photos: Starpix/Just Jared
Posted to: Alex Pettyfer, Doctor Strange, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton

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  • VanityInsecurity

    the character in the comics is from Tibet an Asian man, a Tibetan. You Tilda are a white woman.

  • Just Saying

    Is it so hard to think that maybe the studio went with another direction? As long as they don’t mention that the character is asian I don’t see what the fuss is about…

  • Just Saying

    Is it so hard to think that maybe the studio went with another direction? As long as they don’t mention that the character is asian I don’t see what the fuss is about…

  • VanityInsecurity

    Listen I am responding to what Tilda is saying that he isn’t an Asian character, when in fact he is. I don’t give a damn what studios wanted. What direction they wanted. Is it so hard to keep a character from the comics as it was written?

  • VanityInsecurity

    Listen I am responding to what Tilda is saying that he isn’t an Asian character, when in fact he is. I don’t give a damn what studios wanted. What direction they wanted. Is it so hard to keep a character from the comics as it was written?

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  • plez

    What should have been asked of Tilda is if she thought, with so little roles available for Asians, if this character should have stayed Asian? See with this question Tilda could not play stupid and spit out the company line.

    BTW I doubt Tilda would accept the answer she gave as an accuse as to why women don’t get interesting roles…”The character was not written that way in the script.”

  • Preakness

    British. They went with british only. Dafacto. BOMB!!

  • LaCroix

    Its like studios are saying.. the Ancient One .. yeh we don’t see the character as Asian…. yes an androgynous white woman .. that is who we see as all powerful. fukn pls.

  • AeeJay

    first off, Asians getting work in Hollywood is extremely rare.. the only minorities that get roles are blacks. so when a character is written as Asian they should keep it as such. and the fuss is comicbook characters have fans way before they started to make movies about them.. ignoramous.

  • Sprite

    Tripitaka was played by actress Masako Natsume (rip), so not as much problems with genda.