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Our intrepid movie critic, Jack Palethorpe, conducted an exclusive telephone interview with the director of The Manchurian Candidate, which opens on nationwide on July 30.

Palethorpe: Who have you got playing the lead?
Demme: Denzel Washington.
Palethorpe: But he's black! Why not a Chinese actor?
Demme: Because the protagonist is an American, not Chinese.
Palethorpe: But it's called the MANCHURIAN candidate!
Demme: Yes, but the movie is really dealing with McCarthy-era issues reoccurring in the US today.
Palethorpe: Jackie Chan would have been good in the lead.
Demme: Well, he's not in the movie.
Palethorpe: Or that sword fighting guy from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Demme: He's not in it, either!
Palethorpe: Do you have any Chinese actors?
Demme: No! There are no Asian actors! It's got nothing to do with Asia!
Palethorpe: What about Lucy Liu?
Demme: She's not in it! [Aside: Who is this guy?]
Palethorpe: So it's miscast. Isn't this also a remake of an old movie?
Demme: I wouldn't use the word "remake." It's a re-interpretation of Richard Condon's novel. There was a 1962 movie version, but this version stands on its own. Different times call for different measures.
Palethorpe: So it's not as good as the original?
Demme: [Click]
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