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Director Cameron Crowe says 'Aloha' respects Hawaiian culture

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:13

Director Cameron Crowe addresses criticism against upcoming film 'Aloha' at a special screening in Los Angeles. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone and film director Cameron Crowe took a stroll down the red carpet for a special screening of the upcoming romantic comedy 'Aloha' on Wednesday (May 27) evening. "Aloha" follows a celebrated military contractor, played by Bradley Cooper, who returns to Hawaii and one of his greatest career triumphs in the U.S. space program set up there. After arriving under a cloud of failure, Cooper's character reconnects with a lost love in Rachel McAdams and with hard-charging Air Force watchdog Captain Allison Ng, played by Stone. The film has already received some criticism for what activists are calling an appropriation of Hawaiian culture. Guy Aoki, the founding president of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, says the film does not accurately reflect the population of Hawaii or its culture. In response to the criticism director Crowe said: "Well, you know, we spent so much time to make the movie with love and the spirit of Hawaii and spending time with the local culture and bringing them into the movie. There are so many surprises for the people that aren't aware of what the movie really is, I say whether you see it this weekend or later on TV or something, check it out because we really honour Hawaii in every frame of this movie." Crowe, whose past works include "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous" and "Say Anything," hopes audiences will give the film a chance. "Aloha" will hit U.S. theatres on May 29.

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Director Cameron Crowe says 'Aloha' respects Hawaiian culture

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:13