In an unprecedented move, actor Ed Skrein has withdrawn from a major film due to his character’s whitewashing.
Skrein, a white, British-born actor of Austrian-Jewish descent, was slated to play Ben Daimion in the upcoming “Hellboy” film reboot, a character that is Japanese-American in the original comic series. News of his casting made its way quickly around the web with various groups, ranging from devoted “Hellboy” fans to racial representation advocates, stoking an onslaught of outcries on social media.
As a result of the widespread critiques, Skrein released a Twitter statement on Aug. 28 that sympathized with the outrage. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” he said. “Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family…. I must do what I feel is right.”
In a joint statement also released Aug. 28, “Hellboy” producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin said, “Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to
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