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This Actor Left The New 'Hellboy' Movie After Whitewashing Controversy


Ed Skrein is a very handsome actor who is also apparently hot on the inside, because he just did something pretty decent. Skrein was recently cast as Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen. In the comics, Daimio is supposed to be Japanese-American. He also has a pretty wicked scar. 

According to Deadline, there was an almost instantaneous and wicked backlash. Whitewashing in Hollywood is a common and sad trope, one that particularly affects Asian characters, like in Doctor Strange or Ghost in the Shell. The actors in those, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, kept their roles that were originally imagined as Asian people, and faced considerable criticism for it. 

Skrein decided to go a different way. About a  week after his casting was announced, he stepped down from the part with this public message on social media: