Be honest, the minute you heard that Ed Skrein was backing out of his role as a Japanese-American soldier in the Hellboy reboot after the backlash of criticism over Hollywood’s propensity for whitewashing – did you think, “I bet they get that guy from Lost.” Well, if you did, then you were right! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to take over the role. Being an Asian actor in Hollywood is hard, so it helps if you are one of THE Asian actors in Hollywood.
Kim will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain. The character is Japanese-American in the Hellboy comics by creator Mike Mignola.
Daniel has been an outspoken critic of the lack of roles for Asian actors, and famously walked away from Hawaii Five-0 when they couldn’t come up with Scott Caan money for him. Of course Daniel is not just “that guy from Lost.” He’s also a dude with a hot bod and sexy chiseled facial features. Yes, Daniel Dae (more like Daniel Bae) can get it, and I’m glad Hollywood might have woke up a little and given him something good to work with. But I fear we are sleeping on a whole lot of other sexy Asian men who are out there just waiting to objectified and drooled over. Now, get it together Hollywood and make with some juicy roles for these sexy men (and women!) to star in.
British actor Ed Skrein is getting a lot of love from fans of diversity and representation right now after he #tooktotwitter to announce that he was exiting the upcoming Hellboy reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed joined the Helloboy reboot last week and was set to play the role of Major Ben Daimio, who in the comic books is Japanese-American. As you can probably guess, some people weren’t too happy to see a Japanese-American character played by a guy who looks like Ed.