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Old March 20 2009, 01:16 AM   #27
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Re: Joss Whedon and the blurry line between homage and appropriation

If I recall, the role of Simon was open to Asian actors. Joss had cast Summer Glau as River right from the beginning - that wasn't negotiable - and since she has a slightly Asian-ish look to her face, it was possible that her brother would be of Asian ethnicity. But then whatshisface auditioned, and the decision was made.

I guess that doesn't explain why none of the cast were Asian, though. I suspect Joss just had people he wanted already in mind for the big roles long before it got to the actual casting stage.
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