Actor Daniel Dae Kim has thanked Ed Skrein for “championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors” by dropping out of a role in the new Hellboy film.
Skrein quit the reboot of the comic-book adaptation earlier this month after his casting as Major Ben Daimio, a character who was drawn as Japanese American in the original comics, prompted accusations of whitewashing. In a statement the actor said he was stepping aside “so the role can be cast appropriately”.
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It has since been announced that Korean American actor Kim, best known for his appearances in Lost and Hawaii Five-0, will replace Skrein in the role. In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor confirmed that he would be playing Daimio and praised Skrein for handling his departure so “elegantly”.
“I’m excited to confirm that I’ve officially joined the cast of Hellboy. Thank you for all the supportive tweets and comments, especially in light of the recent events surrounding its original casting,” he said. “I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors. He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character.”
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Skrein has received widespread praise for his original statement,...
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