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Chinese director Zhang Yimou defends casting of Matt Damon

Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou has responded to criticism from an Asian-American actress over the casting of "white man" Matt Damon as his movie's lead, saying the role was never conceived for a Chinese actor.

Damon of the "Bourne" franchise will star later this year in the $150 million Chinese-Hollywood fantasy movie "The Great Wall," an English-language movie set in China involving menacing supernatural monsters.

Constance Wu, who stars in a U.S. comedy series centered on immigrants called "Fresh Off the Boat," posted on Twitter last week: "We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that a only (sic) white man can save...

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