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Daniel Dae Kim thanks Ed Skrein after taking over Hellboy role

From BBC - September 14, 2017

Actor Daniel Dae Kim has been confirmed for the Hellboy reboot, two weeks after British star Ed Skrein dropped out amid accusations of "whitewashing".

Daniel Dae Kim, who is known for shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Lost, will play Major Ben Daimio in the new film.

The character was Japanese-American in the original Hellboy comics.

Kim said he applauded his fellow actor Skrein for "for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors".

He added: "He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character."

Skrein, who starred as villain Ajax in Deadpool, made headlines when he stepped down last month "so the role can be cast appropriately".

At the time, Skrein said in a 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."

Film studio Lionsgate concurred, saying: "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."

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