There is a little shake up over at the Hellboy set. Actor Ed Skrein says he is leaving the production after being cast as Major Ben Daimio who is part Asian in the comic books.
Skrein is making no bones about calling it a Hollywood whitewashing after social media made a big fuss about his role.
“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately,
Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”
Over the past few years, two movies left fans wondering why producers and directors didn’t cast the starring roles to people who were ethnic in the source material: Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange.
Hellboy is being directed by Neil Marshall of Game of Thrones, David Harbour is taking on the big red lead.
Harbour tweeted about his former co-star’s sudden exit and showed appreciation for the move.
“Hey internet. Thank you for your voices. An injustice was done and will be corrected. Many thanks to @edskrein for doing what is right.”
Producers Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Millennium and Lionsgate appear to have no hard feelings toward Skrein, in fact, they are taking his stance to heart.
They say in a statement:
“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 recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.”
Hellboy, according to IMDb, will be a complete reboot — a first for Dark Horse — and not a continuation of the previous movies.