Video: 'Cloud Atlas' Film Uses White Actors Made to Look Asian, Sparks Outrage

| by Michael Allen

The film 'Cloud Atlas' has come under fire for using eye prosthetics to make white actors look Asian (video below).

Guk Aoki, the founding president of Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), told the Hollywood Reporter: "In the modern age of movie make up, it is disturbing to see poorly done Asian eye prosthetics to make Caucasian men look Asian. Cloud Atlas missed a great opportunity."

"The Korea story’s protagonist is an Asian man, an action hero who defies the odds and holds off armies of attackers. It would have been a great, stereotype-busting role for an Asian American actor to play, as Asian American men aren’t allowed to be dynamic or heroic very often."

Mr Aoki lamented that using "badly done yellowface" in films "is still OK" in Hollywood.

The practice dates back decades, including the infamous role that Mickey Rooney played in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' in 1960, in which he portrayed a wacky Japanese landlord with eye makeup and buckteeth.

White actors Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving and James D'Arcy played Asian characters in 'Cloud Atlas,' as did black actor Keith David, reports the Daily Mail.

The Hollywood Reporter states that the makeup changes were intended by the film's makers, Lana and Andy Wochowski, to portray a "continuity of souls."

Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon star in the film.