Asano Replaces Watanabe In Scorsese's SILENCE
Pictured above in Thor, Asano has long been one of Japan's more intriguing talents shifting from his proudly counter culture beginnings into ever more complex and mature parts while also casting an (increasingly successful) eye on global domination. Basically he's what Johnny Depp would have been had Depp allowed himself to age gracefully and continue as an actual actor instead of being sucked into the Burton / Bruckheimer vortex that has somehow turned the guy from Dead Man and What's Eating Gilbert Grape into Mortdecai. Ick. Thor and Battleship notwithstanding, Asano hasn't done that. And if Thor and Battleship are what open the doors for him to work with the likes of Scorsese then I say, "Well done, sir."