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'Aloha' Director Cameron Crowe Apologizes For Controversial Casting of Emma Stone as a Half Asian Character

Aloha director Cameron Crowe has written an essay responding to the backlash over casting Emma Stone as a part Hawaiian-Chinese character in his new film.

“Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice,” Cameron wrote in an essay for The UnCool. “As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ΒΌ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one. A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that.”

“I am grateful for the dialogue. And from the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future,” Cameron added. “Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.”

Read the entire essay over at The UnCool.

Emma Stone & Rachel McAdams Pair Up for 'Aloha' Premiere

Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams both look stunning as they attend the premiere of their new movie Aloha held at The London West Hollywood on Wednesday evening (May 27) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The ladies were joined by their co-star Danielle Rose Russell and director Cameron Crowe.

Also starring Bradley Cooper, Aloha follows a celebrated military contractor who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

Earlier in the day, Emma was spotted grabbing lunch and hitting the gym with on-again boyfriend Andrew Garfield.

FYI: Rachel is wearing a Self Portrait dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Lee Savage bag, and Dana Rebecca and Melissa Kaye jewels. Emma is wearing an Emilio Pucci dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Vita Fede jewelry.

15+ pictures inside of Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and more at the Aloha premiere…More Here! »

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