‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Star Defends Changing Her Last Name: ‘Hollywood Is Racist’

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It all started with Chloe Bennet praising Ed Skrein for dropping out of “Hellboy.” Then the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress was called out for changing her own last name, in what was seen as a hypocritical move. So Bennet — born Chloe Wang — responded by arguing that she did what she felt she had to do to move forward in a racist white-centric industry, and she hopes she’s the last to feel the need to go that route.

First, here’s her post thanking Ed Skrein for standing up against “Hollywood’s continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community”:

DAMN, that’s a man. Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community. There is no way this decision came lightly on your part, so thank you for your bravery and genuinely impactful step forward. I hope this inspires other actors/film makers to do the same.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼–Also, dayum cute af AND a pioneer for social injustice?! Fellas, take note. That’s how it’s done.

A post shared by Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:57pm PDT

And here’s her reply when challenged about changing her own last name:

Love you, @ChloeBennet4. pic.twitter.com/3x6EnYU9Sw

— Audrey Cleo (@audreycleo) August 29, 2017

Bennet, 25, was born in Chicago to a Caucasian mother and a Chinese father. (Her father’s name is Bennet Wang, which is how she ended up taking Bennet as her last name.)

Bennet told the Toronto Star back in 2014 that within days of adopting her new last name, she landed her first big acting gig on “Nashville.”

“I was having trouble booking things with my last name. I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian-American woman. But I still wanted to keep my dad’s name, and I wanted to respect him, so I used his first name.”

She praised “S.H.I.E.L.D.” for having a diverse cast, and allowing her to share screen time with another Asian-American actress, Ming-Na Wen:

“It’s been great to be a part of a show which is groundbreaking in terms of being an American woman and being Asian on television because there’s people who don’t see a lot of that and I’m really proud of it.”

People change their names for all kinds of reasons in Hollywood (and sometimes in other industries, like authors with pen names) and she certainly doesn’t seem ashamed of her Asian heritage. If casting directors really did hesitate just based on the last name Wang, then the problem is with them, not her.

Bennet will return as Daisy Johnson/Quake in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 5, which will premiere in late 2017.

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Remembering Glen Campbell, Jerry Lewis, Tobe Hooper and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you’ll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way.

Richard Anderson (1926-2017) – Actor. In addition to starring on TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, he co-starred in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Forbidden Planet, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Seconds, Seven Days in May and The Long, Hot Summer. He died on August 31. (THR)

Joseph Bologna (1934-2017) – Actor, Writer. He received an Oscar nomination for co-writing the adaptation of Lovers and Other Strangers and also…
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Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ Actor, Dead at 91

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Richard Anderson, a veteran actor best known for playing Oscar Goldman on “The Six Million Dollar Man” and spinoff “Bionic Woman,” died yesterday at the age of 91.

Anderson (seen above on the left, with Lee Majors on the right) made a career out of playing stern authority figures, from the head of a secret government ops agency on the aforementioned shows to a lieutenant on “Perry Mason.”

He got his start in Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 World War I drama “Paths of Glory” as a prosecutor and went on to play a colonel in “Seven Days in May” (1964), Joanne Woodward’s love interest in “The Long, Hot Summer” (1958), and the titular character’s best pal in the TV show “Zorro.”

Anderson’s many credits include “The Untouchables,” “I Spy,” “The Fugitive,” “Columbo,” “The Love Boat,” and “Dynasty.” His final film role was in 2015’s “The Blood Trail.”

Anderson is survived by three daughters.

Comics on Film: Spider-Man Will Return in the MCU, and Here’s What We’d Like to See

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When Spider-Man: Homecoming finally made its way into theaters this past July, it had a significant amount of pressure on its shoulders. While we’d never seen what it would look like for Peter Parker to stand on his own in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, movie audiences the world over were, of course, already very familiar with the Webhead from his five previous major motion picture releases.

Following in the footsteps of genre-defining films by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, along with respectable efforts from director Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield, it was necessary for Homecoming to make a definitive statement on how it would be different from what we’ve seen before, while also reminding us of everything that makes Spidey such a compelling hero. Thankfully…
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