Actor Utkarsh Ambudkar on the small change that is improving representation
Utkarsh Ambudkar is seeing Hollywood's apparent interest in inclusivity play out in real ways, including on the set of Disney's upcoming live-action remake of "Mulan." The film features a mainly Asian cast, including his role as Skath. Ambudkar was a...
Utkarsh Ambudkar is seeing Hollywood's apparent interest in inclusivity play out in real ways, including on the set of Disney's upcoming live-action remake of "Mulan." The film features a mainly Asian cast, including his role as Skath. Ambudkar was able to intervene on a specific way that the production was handling race.
On "Salon Talks," Ambudkar explained an incident with selecting stunt performers. Since the "Mulan" principal filming was done in New Zealand, Ambudkar admitted "it was hard to find stunt guys that were my shade." "We talked about coloring their skin, and what that was like, and we had an honest conversation and they were very receptive to what my opinions were." Ambudkar went on to explain how he and his castmate, Chum Ehelepola, wanted to be represented in a different way. "We were able to speak with Niki Caro, who's the director, and we were able to voice our concerns."
Ambudkar is currently starring as the leading man in the Amazon Studios comedy film "Brittany Runs a Marathon," which he describes as "revolutionary" for South Asian representation in the industry.
Watch the video above to learn about Ambudkar's experience with stand-ins who don't match his skin tone, and how he's starting to see a change. And watch the full episode to hear his take on how poor representation in media has affected him.
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