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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 30 April 2018 at 12:48pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

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John Byrne
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Posted: 30 April 2018 at 1:26pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

How long before the race-swapping becomes Chinese?
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Jozef Brandt
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We have seen American films have different/altered scenes for the Chinese market, but the way technology is going, how long until they simple completely replace a lead actor with a Chinese actor's performance for that market?
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 30 April 2018 at 11:49pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

That would never happen.  If we've leaned one thing, it's that race doesn't matter with regard to box office.  People don't go to the theatre, even in their lizard brain, simply because someone of their own race is represented.  PACIFIC RIM was a huge success in Asia with but a single Asian actor.  The Transformers films are massive hits there, as are the PIRATES movies, with not a singular Asian actor or voice among them.  China is exploding as a market only because they previously didn't allow foreign distribution of films at all, but have allowed them to a certain extent just recently.  With a population that dwarfs America and is hungry for Western culture, it's no surprise that (for now) it doesn't matter to them if it's homegrown or import: films in general, and easily translatable action films specifically, are huge in China.  
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