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Actor Ed Skrein explains why he is backing out of the ‘Hellboy’ reboot after whitewashing criticism – Chicago Tribune

Ed Skrein responded Monday to backlash against his casting in the movie “Hellboy” by relinquishing the role, saying, “I must do what I feel is right.”

A week ago the 34-year-old British actor tweeted that he would be playing Major Ben Daimio, a character that was Asian-American in Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” comics. The news was met with complaints that Hollywood was once again “whitewashing” an Asian character.

In a message posted to Twitter and Instagram Monday, Skrein, whose credits include last year’s “Deadpool” and “Game of Thrones,” said he had been unaware of the character’s heritage in the comics when he accepted the role.

“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 voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that.”

Actor Ed Skrein explains why he is backing out of the ‘Hellboy’ reboot after whitewashing criticism – Chicago Tribune

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