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Lucy Liu hits out at Marshall critics

'Memoirs of a Geisha' / Buena Vista International

Actress Lucy Liu has struck out at people that have criticised Rob Marshall's decision to cast Chinese actresses in Memoirs of a Geisha.

Liu says that limiting casting of roles to their initial ethnic groups is a form of "reverse racism" and is appalled that the movie has been banned in China - a decision which can partly be blamed on the casting of Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li as Japanese geisha.

Liu insisted that the best acting comes about when stars are able to morph into an unfamiliar role.

She said: "I think that's reverse racism. I think Rob has an incredible vision and it doesn't matter. If you don't like the acting that's fine, but I don't think it's fair to go down to the core like that.

"Because we can just tear apart everything else that has happened - Meryl Streep can't have an Italian accent or be from any other place because she's American. Or Chinese actresses can only play Chinese, and I'm Chinese-American so I can only play Chinese-American?

"That limits me in every possible way."

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