Meet The New White Dude Playing Ra's Al Ghul On Arrow

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One of Batman's most formidable foes will be setting his sights on the Emerald Archer in season 3 of Arrow, and know we know who will be wearing Ra's Al Ghul's sinister facial hair: Matt Nable, an Australian actor probably best known as Boss Johns in 2013's Riddick.

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Nable's casting seems to be in line with Liam Neeson's portrayal of the villain in Batman Begins. No offense to Nable, but I was kind of hoping that the ancient Arabian villain would be... well, not just another white dude. The world has no shortage of fantastic Arab actors, and the fact that the half-Taiwanese Katrina Law was cast in season 2 as his daughter Nyssa led me to hope that Ra's would have some kind of Asiatic, non-Caucasian ethnicity. I'm sure Nable will be fine — Arrow has cast very well so far — but I hate when these opportunities to increase on-screen diversity get missed

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I'm sure Nable will be fine — Arrow has cast very well so far — but I hate when these opportunities to increase on-screen diversity get missed

Precisely this. There's is nothing "wrong" with hiring a white actor for this role, especially when the character kind of has the appearance of a white guy in many of the comics. I just feel like any time there is an opportunity for diversity in casting a character based off a non-white ethnicity, it's a waste to get the usual white actor to fill it. :/