Twitter is abuzz today as news that Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim will be stepping into a role that recently made headlines around the world. Last month, British actor Ed Skrein backed out of playing Major Ben Daimio in the Hellboy reboot, because the character is Asian; Skrein is white.
This is not the first time Kim's name has come up in discussions of race in Hollywood. Earlier this year, he and fellow Korean American co-star Grace Park left the popular TV show Hawaii Five-O over a pay dispute: there were reports that they were being paid 10 to 15 per cent less than their white co-stars.
That's more like it. Also, Daniel Dae Kim should be in everything, imo. https://t.co/3g7ggKq8UU— Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) September 11, 2017
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An Asian American character will be played by an actual Asian American actor? That's wild! https://t.co/lrs1WaYARP— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) September 12, 2017
Daniel Dae Kim has joined the 'Hellboy' reboot, taking over the role Ed Skrein dropped over whitewashing accusations https://t.co/x7ecdByYna— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 11, 2017