Mr. Skrein’s departure from “Hellboy,” a film about a heroic demon, is the first time in recent years that an actor has publicly backed out of a major Hollywood movie role over concerns about Whitewashing.
Continue reading the main story The film’s producers, Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Millennium Films and Lionsgate, also came out in support of Mr. Skrein’s decision, calling it “unselfish” in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” the statement said.
This year, Scarlett Johansson, her hair black, played the lead in “Ghost in the Shell,” a character who was Asian in the Japanese manga series it was based on.
Emma Stone, a blonde, played Allison Ng, a mixed-race character with Chinese and native Hawaiian ancestry, in the 2015 film “Aloha,” a move that upset both critics and viewers.
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