Amidst accusations of whitewashing, Deadpool and In Darkness Star Ed Skrein claims that leaving the Hellboy reboot was both an easy choice and the right thing to do in an interview with Comicbook.com:
“It was a very simple decision in that regard”.
While initially excited to be part of the film, Skrein stated he could not play the role of Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character, in good conscious. Skrein voluntarily left the project after word of his casting stirred controversy on the Internet. Skrein allegedly accepted the role while being unaware of the character’s race:
“We have public personas and such that build up through what people translate in our images, and our aesthetics, and creating their own narratives to that, and the narratives that we create through our interviews. People build up ideas of us from the characters that we play, but people that know me personally would not be surprised by my reaction to that and that there was no option, and they would have known that that was something that I just wouldn’t have been able to enter into. Anything I do I have to do wholeheartedly, so no, it was a very simple decision. It meant a lot to me that it meant a lot to other people and that it resonated so much with people.”
The producers have since tapped Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, LOST) to replace Skrein. Kim later stated that Skrein couldn’t have addressed the issue more elegantly. The two later met and posed for a smiley photo later tagged #friend and #TaleofTwoDaimios.
Lionsgate will be distributing the Millennium Films production with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin serving as producers alongside Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment. The script has been written by Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola, alongside Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden.
The film stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adoptive father, American Honey breakout Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) as Ganeida, Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio, Sophie Okonedo as Lady Hatton, Brian Gleeson as Merlin, Alistair Petrie as Lord Adam Glaren and Milla Jovovich as the film’s villain, the Blood Queen.
Hellboy hits theaters on January 11, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Hellboy as we learn it.
8 Reasons Ben Affleck Is The Best Live-Action Batman
When it was first announced that Ben Affleck had been cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most fans were less-than-thrilled with the decision, with many pointing to the actor’s previous role in the critically lambasted Daredevil film as a prime example of why he was a terrible choice to don the cape and cowl. Once Batman v Superman was finally released in theaters, the divisive film had its fair share of supporters and detractors, though most of them could agree that there was at least one aspect of the film that worked: Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman.
While the debate over who is the best actor to portray Batman will undoubtedly continue as long they keep bringing to Caped Crusader to the big screen, here are 8 reasons why some consider Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight to be the greatest live-action depiction of the DC Comics hero to date. Click Next to get started!