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Rooney Mara addresses the 'Pan' racial casting controversy

The issue was that Rooney, a Caucasian actress, was cast in the role of Tiger Lily, a Red Indian in the Joe Wright film

By Andrea Tim | Published: 6 Oct 2015

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Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in 'Pan' (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Rooney Mara and Pan director Joe Wright had been hit with some criticism when the actress was cast as Tiger Lily, a Red Indian princess in upcoming fantasy-adventure film Pan.

"It wasn't great, I felt really bad about it," she told People at the Pan film premiere in New York City on Sunday.

Entertainment Weekly were among those who pointed out how her casting was yet another example of Hollywood's history of "offensive portrayals of Native Americans" on film.

"It was something that I thought about before I met with Joe," the 30-year-old actress said. "When I met with Joe and heard what his plans for it were, it was something I really wanted to be a part of."

"But I totally sympathise with why people were upset and feel really bad about it," she added.

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