Hollywood whitewashing is nothing new. Audiences have become accustomed to seeing a character of color played by a Caucasian actor. Thankfully, both audiences and members of the Hollywood community have started to speak up and ensure that characters of color are played by actors of color.
Recently, actor Ed Skrein stepped away from the upcoming Hellboy reboot. Mr. Skrein, a white actor from England was to play a character who is Asian.
I say good for him. The reality of our world is that there are people of every color and creed whose stories deserve to be told. The problem is that these people and their stories are not being told or if they are being told, they are not being told as they should. For Mr. Skrein to step away from a role instead of blindly taking it, knowing that the character is Asian, represents a very public first step that will not only change the way Hollywood operates, but the way the world operates.
A comic book, although it can be perceived by some as mindless entertainment for young minds, can be more than that.
Originally released as a comic book in 1993, Hellboy made his big screen debut in 2004.
Hellboy (Ron Perlman) is a demon who was brought from the underworld by the Nazis during the final days of World War II. Raised by human mortals, he is now fighting for the other team.
When a new evil appears, he must work with a team that includes his ex, Liz (Selma Blair) and his human sidekick, John (Rupert Evans). Can they stop this new evil or will evil win the day?
What I liked about this movie is that unlike other movies based on comic books, it does not take itself too seriously. There is an element of fun in this very typical comic book film. My only qualm is that once again, the female lead, who is both the love interest and a member of the team, is again reduced to a damsel in distress role who must be rescued by the hero.
Do I recommend? Why not, I’ve seen worse?