Cameron Crowe Apologizes For Casting Emma Stone as an Asian Character in ‘Aloha’


By Shannon Carlin

Cameron Crowe is apologizing for casting Emma Stone in his latest film, Aloha, after many questioned his choice to cast a blond, blue-eyed Caucasian actress to play a character that is a quarter Asian.

In a post on the website The Uncool, Crowe says ever since the Sony hack his latest film had been “misunderstood,” writing, it was a film that “people felt they knew a lot about, but in fact they knew very little.” In leaked emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, she talks about how the film makes no sense, writing “I don’t care how much I love the director and the actors it never, not even once, ever works.”

In Crowe’s mind, Aloha, which opened last weekend in a disappointing sixth place at the box office, was a “small movie made by passionate actors who wanted to join me in making a film about Hawaii, and the lives of these characters who live and work in and around the island of Oahu,” but realizes he made some mistakes.

Related: Cameron Crowe’s Best and Worst Films

“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,” he wrote of casting Stone as the character Alice Ng, a woman who constantly lets people know she is a quarter Asian, though she does not look it.

Read more from Crowe’s apology on


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