Actor Daniel Dae Kim has been confirmed for the Hellboy reboot, two weeks after the British star Ed Skrein abandoned in the midst of the accusations of “whitewashing”.
Daniel Dae Kim, who is known for shows like Hawaii Five-0 and you lose, you play the Main Ben Daimio in the new film.
The character was Japanese-American in the original Hellboy comics.
Kim said he applauded his fellow actor to “to defend the idea that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors.”
He added: “it could not have addressed the problem in a more elegant way and I am in debt to him for his strength of character.”
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Skrein, who starred as a bad Ajax in Deadpool, made news when it dropped last month, “so that the role can be started in the appropriate way”.
At the time, Skrein, said in a statement: “it is clear that represents this character culturally accurate, it holds a significance for the people, and to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying trend in the dark of an ethnic minority, the stories and the voice-of-the-art.
“I feel that it is important to honor and respect”.
Movie Studio Lionsgate allowed, saying: “it was not our intent to be insensitive to the problems of authenticity and ethnicity, and we look to recast the part with an actor that is more consistent with the character of the source material.”
Kim left Hawaii Five-O at the beginning of this year, saying that he “made the difficult choice not to continue” after not being able to reach an agreement with CBS.
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“The path to equality is never easy,” he wrote in a long Facebook post in which he encouraged his fans to look beyond the disappointment of this moment for the bigger picture”.
The producer of the american tv show, then spoke about the departure of Kim and co-star Grace Park in the wake of reports that the couple had asked to be paid the same as their white co-stars.
Peter Lenkov has said that both actors were offered “unprecedented raises” but “chose to move”.
“It’s heartbreaking, but this happens on long-running show,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.
Kim and Park had appeared in the show since its inception in 2010. According to Variety, the pair had tried the same salaries that the stars Alex O’loughlin and Scott Caan, but were offered between 10% and 15% less.
Kim has appeared on shows such as ER and Angel, and has made her name on ABC’s Lost before joining the Hawaii Five-0.
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