Honest Indian : Fisher Stevens’ double ‘Indian’ roles

Stevens as Ben Jabituya

Not too long ago, Aziz Ansari made waves by reminding us all that the wacky Indian character in the Short Circuit movies was actually played by Fisher Stevens, a non-Indian.

Fisher Stevens

This has been recognized as a core example of Hollywood whitewashing, both cheating an Indian actor out of a rare mainstream role, and perpetuating stereotypes in a caricatured performance.

What many fail to realize, is that Fisher was cast because of his great experience in ‘ethnic’ roles. In fact, he managed to play a very different ‘Indian’ in the very same year!

No, he wasn’t the Cleveland Indian’s mascot, but was an unnamed ‘Indian Chief’ In Shelley Duvall’s American Tall Tales series’ episode  Ponce De Leon. [WATCH BELOW]

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