Since Game of Thrones‘ actor Finn Jones was cast as Danny Rand/Iron Fist in the Marvel/Netflix program, Iron Fist, the internet has not been too kind to the actor and the show. Many fans of the character opted for an Asian-American to portray Iron Fist, instead of another Caucasian lead in a Marvel program. However, Marvel decided to cast Jones, and that is that. Because of this, fans continuously disregard the show for being about another white character.
Comicbook.com sat down with the actor to discuss the show’s reception so far, and how fans have been treating it. Jones stated:
“What I would say to that is, people should wait, and watch the show before they pass judgment. We’re working with Netflix and Marvel, two of the most leading entertainment companies in the world right now. They know exactly what they’re doing.”
The actor then discussed the character’s origins in the 1970s, a time where martial arts became incredibly popular; we are looking at you, The Karate Kid.
“The comic books were written in the ’70s. 1970s was a very different world to 2016, and we’re going to reflect that. We have an incredibly diverse cast; incredibly talented. What I would say to that is, wait until you’ve seen the show, and then pass judgment, before you make comment, because people will be very, very, very pleasantly surprised with what we’re doing in the show.”
With the success of Marvel’s Luke Cage, a program featuring an African-American lead, and the soon to be released Black Panther, which is the first superhero film to feature an all-black cast, it seems as if Marvel are on the right track regarding diversifying their medium.
The actor then moved his attention to the fighting of the show, and how he had to train to become the Iron Fist:
“There’s Kung Fu, wushu, dragon, tiger, monkey; there’s so many different forms of martial arts that we’re approaching it. It takes a martial artist a lifetime to learn this stuff, and I’ve had a month. It’s been really intense, but really fun. The way I approach it is, it’s like learning a dance routine. You learn the steps, you get that in your mind and your body, you learn the choreography, and then you add acting on top of it, and all that development, and then you turn up on the day and you just kick ass.”
Jones then discussed the risks the fighting on the show involved:
“I’ve been lucky, actually. I haven’t been hurt. I put that down to great stunt choreography, good safety measures put in place, and people just knowing what they’re doing, and delivering. I’m fine. I’m still alive. I’m still there. My bones are in order.”
But what do you guys think? Do you care if Iron Fist is being portrayed by Finn Jones? Are you excited to see the character finally grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Iron Fist hits Netflix on March 17, 2017.