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Hollywood finally warming up to the Asian male lead

Directors and producers are beginning to realise that Asian men are not just gungfu masters or awkward nerds

In the script, he is Sean Townsend, not half-Asian Sean Townsend , just Sean Townsend.

That is the name of the male lead, played by Malaysian actor Henry Golding, in the mystery thriller A Simple Favor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Hollywood finally warming up to the Asian male lead'. Print Edition | Subscribe