‘Hellboy’ Reboot Will Recast Daimio With Asian Actor

‘Hellboy’ Reboot Will Recast Daimio With Asian Actor

The ‘Hellboy’ movie reboot was hit with backlash after it was announced that actor Ed Skrein would be playing the role of Ben Daimio, who is depicted as a Japanese-American in the comics. Producers Lloyd Levin and Larry Gordon issued a joint statement Monday, saying, “Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.” Skrein also released a statement, explaining that he accepted the role unaware of the character’s Asian heritage. He said, “It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity.”

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