Paramount Tested CGI to Make White Actors Look More Asian for ‘Ghost in the Shell’
Yesterday, Paramount reminded all Asians why they were upset with the studio’s casting of white actress Scarlett Johansson as the lead Asian role of Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming film adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” by releasing the film’s first photo.
Understandably, several figures in the Asian community are sick of Hollywood’s whitewashed portrayals of specifically ethnic stories.
Nothing against Scarlett Johansson. In fact, I’m a big fan. But everything against this Whitewashing of Asian role.😒 https://t.co/VS6r6iish9
At some point, however, Hollywood reportedly wanted to push things to ridiculous levels by using CGI in post-production to make white characters in the film look more Asian.
Multiple independent sources close to the ‘Ghost’ project reported that Paramount and Dreamworks hired Lola VFX, the same visual effects company behind Brad Pitt’s transformation in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, to test alterations on caucasian actors and make them appear more Asian, according to ScreenCrush.
Though unconfirmed, the tests were believed to be commissioned for Johansson’s character to see how well they could “shift her ethnicity” in post-production.
ScreenCrush reached out to Paramount Pictures who confirmed the CGI tests, but denied that the tests were done on Johansson:
“A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”
Reportedly, once the test footage was reviewed, the production team rejected it “immediately.”
Ultimately, we can probably all agree that the studio made the right decision and kept an uncomfortable situation from becoming any worse.
Support our Journalism with a Contribution
Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.
Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.
However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.
We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community.
Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.