Newswire: Matt Damon on The Great Wall whitewashing controversy: “It’s a fucking bummer”

During a press conference following New York Comic Con’s panel for Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, star Matt Damon answered for the whitewashing controversy the film generated when the teaser was first released. Damon’s reaction? “Yeah, it was a fucking bummer,” he said, explaining that he was “surprised,” given the charges were based on a just a teaser. “To me, whitewashing, I think of Chuck Connors when he played Geronimo,” he said. “Look, there are far more nuanced versions of it and I do try to be sensitive to that, but [co-star] Pedro [Pascal] called me and he goes, ‘Yeah, we are guilty of whitewashing. We all know that only the Chinese defended the wall against the monsters when they attacked.’” Damon added: “It was nice to react a little sarcastically because we were wounded by it. We do take that seriously.” Pascal for his part then …

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