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Ed Skrein Exits HELLBOY Reboot Due To ‘Whitewashing’ Controversy

In a day and age where nothing goes unnoticed without some sort of controversy, it shouldn’t surprise you that the latest outcry has been so bad – it’s made an actor leave a movie.

Ed Skrein was cast in the upcoming reboot of Hellboy as Major Ben Daimio (who in the comic books is Asian) and the casting caused Twitter complain.

It appears that it got to Skrein, as he has pulled out of the movie, releasing the following statement:

“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. There I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately,” the actor wrote in a statement. “Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make more decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”

Here are some of the Twitter reactions (since that’s all that matters now):

The last tweet is pretty true, as ‘whitewashing’ controversy got to Iron Fist actor Finn Jones earlier this year. Though, his character was actually white in the comic books, so to refer to his role as that – is silly.

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