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Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick Weighs In on Show's Whitewashing Controversy

Jessica Henwick, who plays the role of Colleen Wing in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist, is speaking out about the whitewashing of the role of Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones) in the series.

“It was a hard decision to make to join the show. Not because of the material or anything,” Jessica told EW. “But I’m part of the Asian community. I’m Asian. I’m an actor. If anyone understands the conversation, it’s me. I’ve lived and breathed it.”

“I would love to see an Asian American superhero. And I think it’s going to happen. There’s something about fantasy and sci-fi that seems more welcoming of different ethnicities. It means that I’ve been presented with a lot of really cool opportunities,” Jessica added.

“When I came on to Iron Fist, it was really Colleen Wing that sold it for me. I thought it was a good opportunity to see a really strong female Asian American,” she continued. “She’s not a superhero; she’s just an ordinary person who has the guts to fight people with superpowers. Which I think is amazing!”

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Finn Jones Talks Relating to 'Troubled Hero' Iron Fist & 'Mad, Mad Trip' on 'Game of Thrones'

Finn Jones is stylish (and super hot) in his latest shoot for Interview Magazine!

Here’s what the 28-year-old actor – whose Netflix series Iron Fist premieres tomorrow (March 17) – had to share with the mag:

On playing Iron Fist‘s Danny Rand: “I remember just sitting there and thinking, ‘F–k, this is the one.’ It was a deep feeling. I was really into Danny’s more spiritual side, his strength, and the fact that he was a hero, but a troubled hero. All of those things fitted with where I was in my life.”

On becoming an actor: “At first I didn’t know what an actor was, I thought it was an acrobat. I saw acrobats at the circus and I thought that was interesting. In my head, that was what I imagined I wanted to be when I grew up. Then I realized what an actor was, and I’ve gravitated to it ever since. It’s strange because I’ve never really enjoyed being in the limelight. My parents aren’t from a theatrical background. It isn’t even that my parents grew up watching lots of films and television shows and I watched that and was like, ‘Ah, that’s what I want to do when I’m older.’ It was something a lot more abstract and a lot more subconscious. I don’t understand.”

On Game of Thrones: “I knew it was an HBO show, so I knew it was going to be big, but if you’d have told me the day I got cast that I’d be on that show for six years, that that show would allow me to travel the world, that it was going to become such a huge cultural phenomenon as it has done – I don’t think anybody working on that show could possibly have envisioned the success it has gone on to have. Shows like that, stories like that, only really come around once every 10, 15 years. I can’t remember the last time a show has really caught the imagination that way. Maybe Star Wars back in the ’70s. It was a mad, mad trip being on that show for six years. Everyone was really tight. I made some friends on that show that will be friends for life. I’m very grateful to the show for bringing such an amazing group of people together.”

For more from Finn, visit InterviewMagazine.com.

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Iron Fist's Finn Jones Responds to Show's Negative Reviews

Finn Jones is responding to some of the negative reviews of his Netflix and Marvel show Iron Fist, which will debut on Friday (March 17).

“These shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans,” Finn told Metro during an interview. “I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens. And I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see.”

The show has faced some criticism for not casting an Asian lead as Danny Rand. Asyiqin Haron, the creative director of Geeks of Color, and Finn got in a Twitter quarrel over the whitewashing issue.

Iron Fist currently has a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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'Iron Fist' Trailer Debut - Watch Finn Jones in Marvel's New Show!

The first trailer for Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist just debuted!

Finn Jones stars as the latest superhero in the Netflix/Marvel universe, with Jessica Stroup, Jessica Henwick, and Rosario Dawson also starring in the new show. The episodes start with Danny Rand (Jones) returning to New York City after years on his own.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest news from Iron Fist

All of the episodes will debut on March 17, 2017. See the debut trailer below!

Finn Jones, Krysten Ritter, & More Rep Marvel at NYCC 2016

Finn Jones takes the stage for the Netflix panel of Marvel’s Iron Fist held during 2016 New York Comic-Con on Saturday (October 8) in New York City.

The 28-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Henwick, and David Wenham, as well as newest cast addition Rosario Dawson, who has appeared in Daredevil and Luke Cage already.

Also in attendance were Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter, Luke Cage star Mike Colter, Daredevil‘s Charlie Cox, and The Punisher‘s Jon Bernthal.

Sigourney Weaver joined them on stage too, as she was just announced to appear in The Defenders, in which Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up.

FYI: Krysten is wearing a red Salvatore Ferragamo coat.

35+ pictures inside of Netflix’s Marvel family at NYCC…More Here! »

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Netflix & Marvel Announce 'Iron Fist' Release Date!

On the heels of the massive success of Luke Cage, Netflix and Marvel just announced the release date of their next superhero collaboration: Iron Fist!

Here’s a synopsis of the show: Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

Look out for the 13-episode season one of Iron Fist on March 17, 2017.

Finn Jones Films Marvel's 'Iron Fist' - First On Set Pics!

Finn Jones is pictured barefoot and in rags in these first photos on the set of Iron Fist on Tuesday (April 19) in New York City.

The 28-year-old actor was photographed doing a scene with his co-star Jessica Stroup.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Finn Jones

These are the first official set of photos we’ve seen from the Marvel show, which will debut on Netflix. No premiere date has been set.

30+ pictures inside of Finn Jones and Jessica Stroup on the set of Iron FistMore Here! »

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