Ed Skrein praised for dropping 'Hellboy' role after whitewashing criticism

    By: Clair Fuller on Sep 05, 2017

    Joyce Chen writes, "Ed Skrein took a definitive stand against whitewashing in Hollywood by stepping down from his role in Hellboy recently.

    The British actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of villain Ajax in last year's blockbuster Deadpool, was met with praise from fans for his decision. He explained his reasoning in a poignant post to Twitter Monday.

    'Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming HELLBOY reboot,' he wrote. 'I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage. There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right.'

    '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 voices in the Arts,' he continued. 'I feel it is important to honor and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.'"

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    Released: September 5, 2017, 9:44 am
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