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Daniel Dae Kim Poised to Take on Controversial Hellboy Role
Sep 12, 2017 by: WENN
Lost star Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to replace Ed Skrein in the new Hellboy remake after a whitewashing controversy prompted the Brit to step down.
Skrein accepted the role of Major Ben Daimio without realising the character, a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, is Asian-American.
Outrage from Hellboy admirers and Asian film fans prompted the actor to take another look at the role, and he decided it wasn't for him.
"It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people and to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the arts," he wrote on Instagram. "I feel it is important to honor and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.
"Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and we can help make equal representation in the arts a reality. I am sad to leave Hellboy but if this decision brings us closer to that day, it is worth it. I hope it makes a difference..."
He was applauded for stepping down, and now former Hawaii Five-0 star Kim is poised to take his place, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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