Not exactly answering the 'cultural appropriation' criticism, actor Tilda Swinton reportedly nevertheless provided some context to the controversy and consternation over her playing a male, Tibetan-born Marvel Comics character in November's Doctor Strange.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, at a screening Thursday evening of of the film A Bigger Splash at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the actor was aware of the controversy and in the words of THR, "hopes to reassure Marvel fans."
"Well, it's not actually an Asian character — that's what I need to tell you about it. I wasn't asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that," Swinton is quoted as saying.
"You just have to wait and see, because it's not an Asian character," she reportedly added with a smile."
Of course, not playing the character as Asian doesn’t address all of the issues that have been raised, which is less a criticism of Marvel Studios casting a white actor to play an Asian character as Asian, but instead of reimagining an originally Asian character as white.
Either way, THR, who has been a lead, high profile voice in criticizing Marvel for the casting, did not take Swinton's comments as a call for further criticism, writing "Might the writers truly have a justified reason for re-characterizing the Ancient One away from the character's original Tibetan roots? Maybe there's more that meets the eye. We'll have to wait and see until Nov. 4."
Readers can check out Newsarama's response to THR's opening salvo on the issue here.