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Lewis Tan and the awkward case of what Iron Fist could have been

The Verge Monday, 20 March 2017 ()
Lewis Tan and the awkward case of what Iron Fist could have beenMuch has been said about the casting problems in Iron Fist, a show centered around the trope of a Western white man adapting the practices of a mystical Eastern society. Danny Rand, in keeping true to the character’s original appearance, is played by blonde-haired, blue-eyed Finn Jones.

But in casting the show’s lead, Marvel did consider other actors, including Lewis Tan. The half-Chinese actor and son of award-winning martial artist and stunt coordinator Philip Tan was eventually cast as a villain — a drunk fighter who has one scene in the 13-hour series.

Vulture has an interview with the actor, who outlines the possibilities of playing Iron Fist — a character who is defined by being an outsider — in a particularly heartbreaking way....
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Fans were excited for the addition of Iron FIst to the streaming service. The show serves as the final link in the chain leading up to this summer’s Netflix team-up miniseries event The Defenders. Iron fist has drawn criticism over it's use of a white male lead, however. Iron Fist costar Lewis Tan,...

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