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.
Just in case you needed yet another reminder that Hollywood is still a major bummer for some women past the age of fuckable, here you go. Jamie Denbo, aka Ginsberg on Orange Is the New Black and one-half of the very funny Ronna & Beverly, explained on Twitter last week that she was informed that, at 43, she’s too old to play the wife of a 57-year-old man. Only in Hollywood is a 14-year age gap considered too narrow.
I realize that during the Grammys earlier this year is that Beyonce, the queen of our time, placed a spell on all of us in the middle of her Offering to the Goddess performance when she gazed into the camera like “Love Me..Join Tidal… I COMMAND YOU!!” But that shit don’t work on me, because I don’t drink the damn lemonade. I prefer my ice to caress whiskey and honestly, I don’t even need the ice. So go hypnotize someone else, sistah!
Still, the spell worked on a few people (like Adele, who damn near somersaulted on stage to present Queen Bey with her Grammy on a bended knee). And director Jon Favreau is also ready to hand over stacks of cash for her to voice Nala in an upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.
Despite what that header pic would lead you to believe, it doesn’t look like Leonardo DiCaprio will be in it. That’s too bad. I was hoping we’d get to see the Planeteers side-eye Captain Planet when they realize he spends about 75% of the year on a yacht.
What comes to mind when you think of Hollywood’s biggest money makers? If you’re me, you’d think Meg Ryan, Goldie Hawn, Billy Crystal, Annette Benning, etc. And yes, that’s because I live in a Groundhog Day kind of world where it’s perpetually 1996. Sadly, that is not the world we live in. Scarlett Johansson, the woman who may or may not have had sex with Kimberly Stewart’s babydaddy in an elevator once, has been named the highest grossing actress of all time. Had you asked me for a current star that would get that honor, I would’ve told you Catherine Zeta-Jones. What?! She is current!
Hollywood… Might as well call it Hollyweird! It’s a tough town if you don’t shut up and play by the rules. Just ask Hollyweird ex-communicado extraordinaire, Sean Young! Sean was one of Hollyweird’s brightest rising stars back in the 80s – and is still a huge A-List star here at DListed – but then got iced out after a series of decisions that, frankly, should have made her the biggest star of all time! She gave her all at trying to get the part of Catwoman in Batman Returns, got fired from Dick Tracy, got replaced in the first Batman movie after breaking her arm and has more recently appeared on Celebrity Rehab and Skating with Celebrities. How all of this doesn’t make her the top actress and head of every studio I have no idea.
The Catwoman that never was sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about her heyday, her reputation and what it was like being a lady with a loud mouth and an opinion in 80s Hollywood. I know a lot of people might read the interview with the word “DELUSIONAL” popping out at them repeatedly, and there are some very “what? what are you talking about?” moments, but it’s overall pretty incredible. To some, Sean was a mess of epic proportions but to her, she was just doing her job and standing up for herself! Occasionally in a latex catsuit. In public. Or on a studio lot, uninvited.