Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Great Moments in Race Relations: Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers is a film that definitely polarized a lot of people.  Some people think that it is a mindless film about bugs blowing up and guns being fired.  Other people point to it as a great example of satirizing the bravado of war.  Which one is true?  That's a debate for another day.  Instead, I'm here to talk about the casting...

People often forget that this movie is based *loosely* on a story by Robert A. Heinlen.  In it, the main character is named Juan Rico.  Yeah, it's not Johnny.

In fairness to the filmmakers, they ignored so much of the book, why not just ignore that too?  I mean, they turned a male soldier that appears in and dies in the first chapter in a female love interest & literally combined two random characters to make NPH's character.

Also, if they had gone ethnically correct, you know that they would have cast Freddie Prinze Jr.  Do we need another polarizing, sci-fi film with him in it?

Up next, a look at the Mortal Kombat series and their love of 'whitewashing'...and then some.  Stay tuned...


  1. The Mortal Kombat series?
    Do you mean the TV show, "Mortal Kombat: Conquest," or the films?

    I loved that TV show.

  2. You know, it's not a teaser if I tell you right now. :-)

  3. South America has a huge population of European descent especially Argentina