One Piece Live-Action Actor Reacts to Controversial Arlong Casting

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We just learned about the new cast members who will be joining Netflix's One Piece series but it looks like people already have a lot to say about one particular character. Some people are not pleased about Arlong being one of the new characters confirmed for the live-action show and are pointing out that McKinley Belcher III is making a major career mistake. Now, the Ozark star has addressed the issue while also expressing his excitement about his new role!

Several netizens are reacting to the One Piece casting news dropped by Netflix Geeked. One netizen replied to McKinley Belcher III's excited post about his casting by stating that he was cast in the role of Arlong who is a fish-man and that fish-people are often oppressed. Interestingly, Belcher has responded to the tweet with an enlightened answer.

“You’re right about that first part, Arlong has lived through a lot of mistreatment and abuse. But I’m grateful I get to play a character with that kind of depth, means I sit in a privileged seat to say something meaningful while playing a badass who won’t let 'men' decide his fate,” Belcher wrote.

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It's a cool response and Belcher made it clear that he is thrilled to be part of One Piece. Needless to say, we can't wait to see Arlong in action soon.

The other new cast members include Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Jeff Ward as Buggy, Vincent Regan as Garth, and Aidan Scott as Helmeppo. They will be working with previously-announced main cast members Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.

The live-action One Piece series is currently in production but the series has not yet been given an official release date on Netflix. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.

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