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Daniel Dae Kim to take ‘Hellboy’ role left vacant after ‘whitewashing’ criticism


    Daniel Dae Kim, shown here in March 2015 in New York, has taken a role in the movie “Hellboy.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Daniel Dae Kim confirmed this morning that he’s joined the cast of the “Hellboy” movie reboot by Lionsgate and Millennium.

“I’m excited to confirm that I’ve officially joined the cast of Hellboy,” said Kim in a Facebook post. “We start shooting today and I’ll be playing Ben Daimio, alongside our very talented cast, headed by David Harbour, and director, Neil Marshall.”

Major Ben Daimio is a military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who can turn into a jaguar when angered. Initially, the studio cast Ed Skrein for the role, but Skrein decided in late August to make an exit after learning Daimio was originally an Asian character in the comics.

“Thank you for all the supportive tweets and comments, especially in light of the recent events surrounding its original casting,” Kim said. “To that, I will only add that I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian-American actors. He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character.”

Kim, along with fellow actor Grace Park, left CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” this summer after failing to agree on salaries in new contracts.

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