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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 29 August 2017 at 10:28am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Actor Ed Skrein took himself out of the HELLBOY reboot recently, citing the outcry of whitewashing when he was initially cast as a non-white role from the comic book. That role is Major Ben Daimio, a character who happens to be Japanese. His move is practically unheard of, especially since we’ve been seeing a huge increase in whitewashing in films like Ghost In The Shell, Doctor Strange, Death Note, and much more.

His reasoning couldn’t be more on point:


Mike Mignola thanked Skrein on Twitter... “Very nicely done,” he wrote.

Respect.

-C!



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Michael Roberts
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Very cool.
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John Byrne
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But HAMILTON is still okay, yes?
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Joe S. Walker
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Any chance that next time a white character is "ethnicized", people who object won't be called racists?
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None.
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Joseph Greathouse
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Posted: 30 August 2017 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

"But HAMILTON is still okay, yes?"

Yes
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 30 August 2017 at 11:45am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

This may as well go in here:

EDIT: Link not working. Channel 4 News (UK) were discussing this issue. I can't seem to find a video elsewhere. Sorry.


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Wallace Sellars
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I just read an article about this on CNN, and came here planning to start a
thread about it. Since Charles beat me to it by two days, all that's left for me to
do is applaud Mr. Skrein's decision.
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Peter Martin
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I'm not very familiar with Hellboy, having only read the first trade if memory serves, but googling images of this character, this seems very much like the right decision.
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David Miller
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Posted: 31 August 2017 at 10:42pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

The next time they have a chance the producers should go for it and cast a non-traditional Hellboy. Not that the current actor needs to be fired or anything (in general I think it's in poor taste to call for someone to lose work unless they're colossal assholes), but talk about a part that doesn't need a white guy under the red makeup. Ron Pearlman is one of cinema's most interesting-looking honkies, and he's a reliably fun actor, while a look over David Harbour's resume reveal a number of roles I don't remember him in movies and shows I know I've seen, and some hilariously stereotypical character names like "Gary Weber," "Dan Samuels," and "Roger Anderson." He's a pretty bland replacement.
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Shane Matlock
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David Harbour was pretty good as the sheriff on Stranger Things, David, but Ron Perlman was perfect as Hellboy and really wanted to make another one. Not sure why they'd recast him. With only one sequel, which was as good as the first movie, did Hellboy really need a reboot? Unlike Andrew Garfield's two Spider-Man movies that no one that I know of liked, people really liked Perlman as Hellboy. 
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