Ben Daimio’s heritage is quite significant to his character development; his grandmother is the infamous Japanese war criminal known as Crimson Lotus. When their familial ties are revealed, his patriotism and loyalty is questioned, adding a lot of depth to not only his character but the story as a whole. According to Reappropriate, Ben Daimio’s Japanese descent has major implications to the “Hellboy” plot, which aids in the character’s significance in the movie.
Unfortunately, Skrein’s casting is yet another instance of whitewashing in Hollywood films; while Skrein might still be a worthy addition to the “Hellboy” reboot cast, he takes away one of the few roles designated for actors of Asian descent. This unfortunate casting is yet another case of Whitewashing that has been rampant in Hollywood films, such as “Aloha“, “Cloud Atlas“, “Ghost in the Shell“, “Dragonball: Evolution“, and “Doctor Strange“.
Similar cases of whitewashing in films such as “Ghost In The Shell” has an effect on both adult and young fans alike. Numerous critics are upset over the rising cases of Whitewashing, especially since there are already well-known Asian actors in Hollywood who can better represent these characters more accurately.
After all, the rest of the “Hellboy” reboot cast consists of promising names such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor Ian McShane, “Resident Evil” star Milla Jovovich, and even “Game of Thrones” director Neil Marshall. With that said, it’s a shame that Skrein’s addition is teeming with Whitewashing controversy instead of the praises given the acting pedigree of his co-stars.