Finn Jones has been making a real ass of himself over this business with Iron Fist and it’s really just to juicy to ignore. Though that’s not the right way to put it. It’s just fascinating to watch this actor constantly say the wrong thing, along with all of these early negative reviews of the show. It’s upsetting because I wanted the show to be a success, of course. Much like all of the other shows. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case with IF.
This all started with the casting. Plenty of people online wanted to see an Asian actor cast in the lead role, and it is an extremely reasonable request. One that is also absolutely necessary. But Marvel/Netflix didn’t go that route, for whatever reason. They chose Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones. Someone who has not been convincing to me as a martial artist ever since the first images appeared, as well as the first trailer(s).
My excitement was dulled by this. I was still looking forward to binge-watching the series, but just less so. Because that’s been my biggest thing this whole time. Even if the story isn’t all that great, if these fight sequences are not better than or at least on par with those in Daredevil, the show is a failure. Case closed, and I’m not giving it a pass. If Finn Jones is not convincing as an action star, then this whole show failed. They cast a white actor in the role over an Asian-American. He has no choice but to be incredible in the role, and with these reviews, I’m not seeing that. I’m seeing a lot of meh and mediocrity, which is real bad.
The only saving grace here is that only the first six episodes were shown to critics. Hopefully, the show gets better in the next seven episodes. But I do not know if that will happen or not. We have to wait and see this weekend, which I am willing to do. I’m going to watch it with an open mind, even though it’s hard to get rid off the dumb shit Jones has been saying. I want to see Jessica Henwick and Lewis Tan kick ass. Jones, not so much. I’m actually curious to see if he’s convincing or not, that’s really the only thing I want to see from him.
I want to see his Danny Rand, I want to see how he handles the martial arts and the buddhist philosophies of the character. But I’ll also need the writing of that to be on point. I’m curious to see how these white Americans are going to handle this. I don’t know how many Asian writers are in the writers room. I hope there are some. That’s also something that concerns me. People have been upset about the casting, and while that does upset me, I’m also hoping there is representation behind the camera as well. If there isn’t, this will be worse. I need to see some Asian writers and directors on this thing. At the very least, since you couldn’t make the lead Asian.
But Finn Jones is out here getting it all wrong. He has no idea what he is talking about and it’s a pit painful to witness.
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show. I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US. We filmed the show way before Trump’s election, and I think it’s very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump’s in power, how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy number one. Danny is a fish out of water, and you don’t really understand where he’s coming from. But I think there’s also a level of intrigue. People need to see the full series–’Iron Fist’ doesn’t end until the last episode of ‘Defenders.’ He really goes on a journey of self-discovery, and grows into the role. It’s paced out; it’s a long journey.”
Oh, Finn. How wrong you are. This ain’t Trump’s fault, and you also need to just stop talking. You’re going to have to do press for The Defenders, you don’t want to bring all of this drama along with you. I’m curious to see how this turns out so I’m going to watch. But I’m not happy with how all of this is turning out. I feel bad for the Asian actors involved, not Jones.