“Aloha” director Cameron Crowe, who has given very few interviews to promote the film, spoke out Tuesday about some of the negative reaction to his film and especially his casting of Emma Stone as the one-quarter Hawaiian Allison Ng character. Crowe explained she was based on a real-life redhead who was constantly explaining her heritage.
He writes on his blog TheUncool, “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. As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ 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.”
He goes on to explain that he is proud that the production employed many locals and cast several roles with Hawaiian actors.
“If any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame,” he says.
The “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” director sounds chastened by the harsh reaction to his latest film. “From the very beginning of its appearance in the Sony Hack, “Aloha” has felt like a misunderstood movie,” he says. Crowe also says he is anxious to tell stories with more racial diversity in the future.