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The arrival of his character in our story is an important plot point.
There are five major heroes in our story and he is one of them — the other four are all Chinese. Well, with an estimated budget between 5 and 0 million, The Great Wall is the most expensive collaboration between US and Chinese cinema to date, and it's likely that every stage of its production and release will set a precedent going forward.
The duo has worked together on numerous other projects like "Project Greenlight" and "Chasing Amy," and their newest, "The Runner" is sure to be another humungous hit for them."The Runner" is a groundbreaking new reality show that will be played out over the course of a 30-day period, and it's a show that Affleck and Damon have been trying to get made for almost 15 years.
Their joint venture as executive producers of the innovative series marks almost 20 years since "Good Will Hunting," so we decided to look back at their best projects together through the years below.
Today, Zhang told Entertainment Weekly that Damon is not the central hero of the film and in fact he is only one of a five-person team — the other four are Chinese.
You can read his full statement on Entertainment Weekly, but here's the key portion: Matt Damon is not playing a role that was originally conceived for a Chinese actor.
It's simply another stinging example of Hollywood's inane insistence that it can't market a big-budget film around a non-white person.
The fact that Damon — one of the world's most successful and influential movie stars — has personally struggled to comprehend issues of diversity in Hollywood in the past only adds to the frustration.
During the initial backlash Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu wrote on Twitter, "we have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world." This trailer certainly does give that impression.Zhang Yimou, the legendary director of House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern, has responded to the backlash against the trailer for his upcoming monster movie The Great Wall.The trailer featured Matt Damon (and Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal) going to battle with some screaming monster things atop the Great Wall.(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck attend HBO Reveals Winner of 'Project Greenlight' Season 4 at BOULEVARD3 on November 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Brown/Getty Images)BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Honoree actor Matt Damon and actor Ben Affleck speak onstage during American Cinematheque 24th Annual Award Presentation To Matt Damon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on March 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: AFTER THE OSCARS - The 11th annual 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars' special airs live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, after the late local news EST/CST and at 10pm PST on ABC.