Red Dawn filmmakers replace Chinese villains with North Koreans fearing loss of Asia's lucrative market
The makers of a Hollywood film in which a gang invades the US have admitted changing the nationality of the villains from Chinese to North Korean due to fear of alienating the lucrative market in China.
Red Dawn, which stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, the star of Thor and Snow White and The Huntsman, has recently been released in the US and involves a Chinese invasion of America, but the villains are thwarted by a high-school football team.
However, after movie bosses at MGM realized the plot could potentially offend the Chinese, and therefore jeopardize the film's success in China, they ordered that all references to the superpower be removed, the Telegraph reports.
Rather the villains were recast as North Korean and all Chinese flags and symbols were replaced with North Korean ones.
The film is a remake of a 1984 Cold War film of the same name which starred Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen.
In the original film the villains were portrayed as Russian invaders. China is one of the fastest growing markets for Hollywood movies.
Dan Mintz, whose DMG Entertainment is a leading producer and distributor of movies in China, said that, had the movie been released with Chinese villains 'there would have been a real backlash'.