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Matt Damon: 'I Didn't Take A Role Away From A Chinese Actor' In 'Great Wall'

Matt Damon is defending being cast in 'The Great Wall' in response to accusations that he took away a role from an Asian actor in the joint China-Hollywood production.

"That whole idea of whitewashing, I take that very seriously," Damon tells the AP in an interview.

Damon thinks people will change their mind "once people see that it's a monster movie and it's a historical fantasy and I didn't take a role away from a Chinese actor."

"It wasn't altered because of me in any way," he insists.

Damon says it became a story out of the film's first 30-second teaser because of the age we live in.

This after Constance Wu, star of 'Fresh Off the Boat', criticized that: "We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world."

"It suddenly becomes a story because people click on it, versus the traditional ways that a story would get vetted before it would get to that point," he explains.

'Great Wall' is thought to be the most expensive joint production between the two countries with a budget of more than $150 million. In the movie, China's Great Wall is built to keep out aliens and monsters instead of human invaders.

If you haven't seen it, watch the trailer below.

December 6, 2016 |

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