Portrayed by: Jim Sturgess
21 is based on a true story of a group of smart-as-fuck MIT and Harvard students, most of them Asian-American, who got together and counted cards in casinos all over the country. They made millions. Exciting story, perfect for a movie! How did things go wrong?
Adapting the non-fiction book, "Bringing Down the House," 21 went into production with Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth as the leads. A Korean friend (portrayed by Aaron Yoo) and a part Filipino, part Chinese girl (portrayed by Lisa Lapira) studded the background, but their stories were underdeveloped. Producers later claimed that they didn’t have “access to any bankable Asian-American actors."