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Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe [7]


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Born:October 21, 1959 (60)
Filmography Rating:7.81 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.23 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.97 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73.90%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Batman Begins [2005](46) => Ra's Al Ghul
Inception [2010](51) => Saito
Godzilla [2014](55) => Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Transformers: Age of Extinction [2014](55) => Drift (voice)
Thor: Ragnarok [2017](58) => Asgardian Noble (uncredited)
Transformers: The Last Knight [2017](58) => Drift (voice)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters [2019](60) => Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

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Inception [2010]
  • There are a total of five Academy Award nominees in the cast (Tom Berenger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pete Postlethwaite, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page) and two Academy Award Winners (Michael Caine and Marion Cotillard).
  • The role of Saito was written exclusively for Ken Watanabe because Christopher Nolan felt that although he had appeared in Batman Begins, he did not have much screen time, and should therefore be given a more prominent supporting role.
    Doctor Strange [2016]
  • Casting the Ancient One went through several changes. Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy were considered for the role. In the comics, the Ancient One is an old man; in the film, the Ancient One is played by a woman. This was a deliberate decision as Scott Derrickson felt the Ancient One was a title rather than a person. Additionally this was also intended to avoid the risk of portraying any negative racial stereotypes, as the appearance of the Ancient One in the comics is based around the Tibetan Monks. For a time, Scott Derrickson did consider casting the Ancient One as an Asian woman, but eventually felt that it would be perceived as exploiting Asian fetish and "a fanboy's dream girl." He decided to cast a non-Asian actor in the role, but to still take the opportunity to cast "an amazing actress in a male role." He thus wrote the role especially for Tilda Swinton, feeling that she was the obvious choice for such a mystical and mysterious role.
    Godzilla: King of the Monsters [2019]
  • Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham) and David Strathairn (Admiral William Stenz) are the only cast members from Godzilla (2014) to return for this film, and out of the three only two die, Serizawa and Graham
    Bloodshot [2020]
  • A post-credits scene was planned to feature Ken Watanabe as Toyo Harada, a powerful psychic. This would lead into Harbinger, another Valiant Comics feature film adaptation.