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Ed Skrein got a lot of praise for dropping out of 'Hellboy' over whitewashing.

Ed Skrein's bold decision to drop out of the 'Hellboy' reboot is being met with praise.

Ed Skrein got a lot of praise for dropping out of 'Hellboy' over whitewashing.

Ed Skrein penned a heartfelt explanation for why he ultimately decided to turn down a role in the upcoming "Hellboy" reboot, and the internet took notice.

As of Dec. 21, 2017, his announcement has been retweeted more than 46,000 times and liked by more than 158,000 people on Twitter, and his name found its way to the top of trending lists across social media.

He wrote:


"It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honor and respect that."

He added, "Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family."

Some big-name Hollywood talent praised Skrein's decision, including a number of actors fresh off some recent breakout roles.

While missing out on one paycheck, Skrein's decision might actually help him land other roles.

Director Ava DuVernay and writer/producer Leonard Chang both gave a bit of a nod Skrein's way for his show of goodwill.

Doing the right thing goes a long way, and it earned Skrein a ton of new fans. Many of them realize he isn't yet a big name in Hollywood and turning down a big role was a huge risk.

"Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola and actor David Harbour, slated to play the titular character, offered some major kudos Skrein's way as well.

So why is Skrein getting so much praise for a decision that should be an industry standard? Because it's not yet the standard.

White actors being cast to play Asian roles isn't a new phenomenon, but Skrein's decision proves moviegoers are taking notice. Studios are being forced to consider casting decisions from an ethical point of view, early in the production process.

To have fans and whitewashing advocates loudly and proudly reinforcing his decision and to be heard by Hollywood's studio decision-makers, is a step in the right direction.

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