The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal is weighing in on the controversial subject of race-swapping, gender-swapping, and other methods of improving diversity in casting. On social media, we can pretty much expect to see some complaints anytime a character previously portrayed as white is changed to another ethnicity in a new movie or television series. We saw quite a bit of this recently with the release of The Little Mermaid, which introduces Halle Bailey as a Black incarnation of Ariel. That led to those unhappy with the casting to express their disapproval on social media using the hashtag #NotMyAriel, even months before the movie was even released.
Pedro Pascal sees the value in race-swapping and diverse casting, unsure why some people “get so butthurt” about it. Read More