Daniel Dae Kim has entered talks to play Major Ben Daimio, a were jaguar within theBureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, in the Hellboy reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In comics, Daimio is a Japanese-American.
In August, Ed Skrein (Deadpool) was originally cast in the role. He stepped down a week later after a white-washing outcry. The statement that Skrein penned calling for greater diversity in Hollywood casting was not only applauded by the Asian-American acting community but by everyone. This included Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and the star of the reboot Stranger Things, David Harbour.
On the controversy, Lionsgate has this to say, “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.”
Kim entering talks clearly shows that Lionsgate wasn’t blowing smoke and waiting for the controversy to die down.
Next time, however, let’s skip the controversy and not whitewash roles made for Asian-American actors okay?
Kim recently was embroiled in his own controversy earlier in the summer. It was announced that Kim and co-star Grace Park would leave CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 after a pay dispute. Kim and Park maintain that they were being offered significantly less money than their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.
Of course as Kim is only in talks, there could be a chance that he won’t play the role. But who wouldn’t want Daniel Dae Kim? Please.
Hellboy currently doesn’t have a release date.
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