Asian Role: Goku
Non-Asian Performer: Justin Chatwin
Release Date: 2009
The Dragon Ball Goku character is based on the Monkey King from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. So you can imagine that Asians were upset when Justin Chatwin was cast in the role for Dragonball Evolution. It was another massive platform and another wasted opportunity to give a deserving Asian actor some exposure. If it’s any comfort, the movie was a massive critical flop. The screenwriter, Ben Ramsey, issued a formal apology for his role in the movie, though it’s unlikely that a few casting choices were going to fix what was fundamentally broken to begin with.