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EditFest: 'Star Wars' Editor Urges More Diverse Stories in Film

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Richard Chew—an Oscar winner for editing 1977’s Star Wars with Paul Hirsch and Marcia Lucas—believes Hollywood still has “a long way to go” in telling more diverse stories.

Speaking in a featured conversation Saturday at American Cinema Editors' EditFest L.A.

, the veteran editor, who was born in Los Angeles to Chinese immigrant parents, and studied Law at Harvard, said an inspiration for getting into film was “to be able to tell the story of people that the majority might feel are ‘the others.’ I always hated the notion of the ‘they.’ I wanted to work in film so I could tell the stories of those people."

“I find that there’s still a long way to go,” he admitted speaking after the session with The Hollywood Reporter. “In some pictures in Hollywood today we are trying to overcompensate, perhaps, maybe for instance by making African Americans as victims.” He adds that, instead, he would like to see more films that “show that they initiate action—like Hidden Figures.

“Just because the actor has dark skin, doesn’t mean that we’ve found equality in terms of portrayals," Chew added. "The characters have to be allowed to live out a full life. They have to be portrayed in the same way — with a sense of humor and a sense of purpose.

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