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A Comment on Allison Ng

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From the very beginning of its appearance in the Sony Hack, “Aloha” has felt like a misunderstood movie. One that people felt they knew a lot about, but in fact they knew very little. It was a small movie, made by passionate actors who wanted to join me in making a film about Hawaii, and the lives of these characters who live and work in and around the island of Oahu.

Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. 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.

Whether that story point felt hurtful or humorous has been, of course, the topic of much discussion. However I am so proud that in the same movie, we employed many Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian and Pacific-Islanders, both before and behind the camera… including Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, and his village, and many other locals who worked closely in our crew and with our script to help ensure authenticity.

We were extremely proud to present the island, the locals and the film community with many jobs for over four months. Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.

I am grateful for the dialogue. And from the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future.

Thanks again

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Jun 2, 2015

Aloha Inspirations: Ninotchka & Emma Stone

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“Ah, the great Ernst Lubitsch’s Ninotchka is a movie that will fill you with charm and humor of the highest order. Emma Stone’s Air Force Pilot Captain Allison Ng was modeled on Greta Garbo’s memorable Russian envoy character Ninotchka.”

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May 28, 2015

Daily Aloha: The Launch

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Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) readies the launch of Brave Angel. Ng looks on with curiosity…or is it concern?

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May 18, 2015

Recap: IMDB Twitter Chat

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Here’s a recap of yesterday’s Twitter chat that Cameron did with IMDB. I’ve reformatted it to make it easier to read (one paragraph answers, no hashtags, etc.).

For some reason romantic comedies seem to be a lost genre. What makes Aloha unique?

Only a matter of time until some reinvents the genre and makes it fresh again. It always begins with the characters, and the twists that make it real and unique. A great romantic comedy always has aches, along with the laughs. “Silver Linings Playbook” was a great romantic comedy. The new movie “The Overnight” is excellent, as was “Skeleton Twins.” “Aloha” has a lot of elements, one being romantic comedy in the style of the movie “Ninotchka,” that was a favorite of Emma Stone’s too. 

How did you choose the cast?

Everything began with the great Emma Stone then we built from there. Emma was the catalyst. Bradley next. Then Rachel became available.   Krasinski, McBride, Bill Murray. One by one, a dream cast developed. Always such a thrill to have Alec Baldwin with us too. We had a great time on “Elizabethtown.”

Aloha looks like a collision of the past & the future for Bradley’s character. Is that accurate?

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May 15, 2015

Daily Aloha: Brian Returns to Hawaii

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Our daily Aloha takes us to the Hickam Air Force Base where Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) returns to Hawaii and runs into his old flame, Tracy Woodside (Rachel McAdams). Ng (Emma Stone) waits (semi-patiently) in the background…

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May 11, 2015

Daily Aloha: When It Began

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Cameron shared this behind the scenes photo yesterday via Twitter. It’s a Bradley Cooper taken photo with his leading ladies Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams during rehearsals for Aloha in Honolulu.

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May 1, 2015

Aloha Poster

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Today marks the arrival of the Aloha poster. Cameron’s latest will be out on May 29th in North America and we will be sharing much more in the coming weeks.

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Apr 20, 2015

Aloha Trailer

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It’s finally here, the first trailer for the (newly titled) Aloha, which hits theaters in North America on May 29th. Stay tuned as we will have lots to share in the coming months.

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Feb 11, 2015

Mike Finger’s The Blue and the Black