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Daniel Dae Kim to Replace Ed Skrein in 'Hellboy' Reboot Following Whitewashing Controversy

Daniel Dae Kim to Replace Ed Skrein in 'Hellboy' Reboot Following Whitewashing Controversy

Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to join the upcoming Hellboy reboot in the role of Major Ben Daimio after Ed Skrein dropped out of the project amid a whitewashing controversy.

Skrein decided to leave the film after there was an outcry over a white actor playing an Asian-American character.

In the Hellboy comics, the character is Japanese-American and described as a “rugged military member of the bureau for paranormal research and defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain,” according to THR.

Daniel recently quit his role on the television series Hawaii Five-0 due to a salary dispute with CBS.

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  • DEADP00L

    Thank you Ed Skrein for stepping down. I wish we had millions of Hollywood actors, casting directors, directors and agencies with your integrity. Male or Female, young or adult. There is no justifiable reason for Hollywood to keep Muslim, Arab, African, Blacks, Latinos, Asian, First Nations etc. from playing these roles.

    From Aladdin, Arabian Nights, to King Arthur and Shakespeare; let authenticity be a driving force and let everyone, stateless or with a state, have an artist voice expressed. The talents are all there of all ages, and we all want stories to be told with that touch of authenticity. Its beyond worth it.

    Thank you again Skrein, we so need more people just like you with your integrity.

  • DEADP00L


    And wouldn’t it be authentic if Princess Jasmin and Aladdin were played by an actual Arab, Muslim and Persian actors?

    Its not there yet, but we’re getting there. This is a good start, when actors start giving up roles to make room for under-represented actors, we are on a good start; and it has to start before it can move forward.

    What Ed Skrein did is revolutionary in of itself. He gave up a pay check to a completely different person. That means something in an industry that elevates so many at the expense of many others.

  • Gina

    Good. And I’m sure Ed Skrein has earned himself some good karma.

  • Nurse Shadie

    Daniel Dae Kim is just as hot too! yumm

  • Nurse Shadie

    Daniel Dae Kim is just as hot too! yumm

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