Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses 'In The Heights' Casting Complaints: 'We Fell Short'

Written by on June 15, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke out this week amid a wave of backlash towards “Within the Heights,” acknowledging that the film “fell quick” by way of various casting. 

Primarily based on Miranda’s 2008 Broadway musical, “Within the Heights” debuted final week in theaters and on HBO Max to rave opinions. The movie stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins and Leslie Grace as members of a Caribbean diaspora neighborhood as they pursue their dream of a greater life. 

Some critics, nevertheless, identified that the movie’s principal forged was made up of light-skinned and white-passing actors, making for a less-than-accurate depiction of New York Metropolis’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the place the motion is ready. 

On Monday, Miranda addressed these criticisms with a prolonged apology on Twitter, saying he’d heard “the harm and frustration” the movie had generated from segments of the neighborhood it strove to characterize. 

“In attempting to color a mosaic of this neighborhood, we fell quick,” he wrote. ”I’m actually sorry. I’m studying from the suggestions, I thanks for elevating it, and I’m listening.”

Miranda’s feedback adopted a closely derided interview by which “Within the Heights” director Jon M. Chu touched on the colorism accusations.

“I feel that was one thing we talked about and I wanted to be educated about, after all,” he instructed The Root journalist Felice León, saying he hoped “Within the Heights” would encourage “extra folks to inform extra tales and get on the market and do it proper then.” 

Later, he pointed to darker-skinned dancers current within the movie’s ensemble numbers and acquiesced considerably. 

“We’re not going to get every thing proper in a film,” he mentioned. 

“Within the Heights” isn’t the primary of Chu’s initiatives to face such criticisms. 2018’s “Loopy Wealthy Asians,” which he additionally directed, was a box-office smash however garnered backlash for its emphasis on characters of East Asian heritage. 

Relating to the “Loopy Wealthy Asians” controversy, he instructed Insider this month, “That’s a lesson that I didn’t perceive till it occurred. I used to be like, it is a e-book that exists, and I’m making this e-book right into a film. I can’t add a brand new character into this e-book.”

“Pay attention, we have to have extra films, that you must have extra filmmakers in order that it doesn’t relaxation on one film,” he added.


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