Much has been said about the casting problems in Iron Fist, a show centered around the trope of a Western white man adapting the practices of a mystical Eastern society. Danny Rand, in keeping true to the character’s original appearance, is played by blonde-haired, blue-eyed Finn Jones.

But in casting the show’s lead, Marvel did consider other actors, including Lewis Tan. The half-Chinese actor and son of award-winning martial artist and stunt coordinator Philip Tan was eventually cast as a villain — a drunk fighter who has one scene in the 13-hour series.

Vulture has an interview with the actor, who outlines the possibilities of playing Iron Fist — a character who is defined by being an outsider — in a particularly heartbreaking way….

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