Aloha: Director Cameron Crowe Apologizes to Emma Stone

Opening last Friday, Aloha, Cameron Crowe’s latest romantic comedy, was drubbed by most critics and proved to be a box-office dud.

aloha_2_stoneCrowe, who has given very few interviews to promote the film, spoke out Tuesday about the negative reaction to his film, especially of his casting of Emma Stone as the one-quarter Hawaiian Allison Ng character.  The character was based on a real-life redhead who was constantly explaining her heritage.



aloha_6_stone_cooperCrowe wrote on his blog, The Uncool: “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. As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one. A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that.”

Crowe also notes that he is proud that the production employed many locals and cast several roles with Hawaiian actors.

“If any part of Emma’s fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame,” he says.

The director recalls that, “From the very beginning of its appearance in the Sony Hack, “Aloha” has felt like a misunderstood movie.”

Unfazed by the artistic and commercial flop of the film, Crowe says that he is anxious to tell stories with more racial diversity in the future.