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Ed Skrein is leaving ‘Hellboy’ over casting backlash, and good for him

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Ed Skrien is stepping down from his role as Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot amid some all-too familiar controversy.

Diamio, originally seen in the Hellboy book published by Dark Horse Comics, is of Japanese descent. Skrein — who you may recognize as the O.G. Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones, or baddie Francis Freeman/Ajax from Deadpool — is not.

The erasure and whitewashing of characters of color, particularly Asian ones, in TV and film is a long-standing problem. The most recent example did not go unnoticed:  

After this backlash, Skrein decided to do the right thing. 

In a statement via Twitter, he announced on Monday that he would be stepping down from the role so that it “can be cast appropriately.” 

It’s pretty rare to see this, and Twitter responded with overwhelming positivity. Comic writers, fellow actors, and fans expressed gratitude and respect for the move.

Hopefully more people in Hollywood take this cue. Or better yet, they never have to, because we’ve seen enough examples of these terrible decisions already.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/28/ed-skrein-hellboy/