Recently, there has been a bit of controversy surrounding the new Hellboy reboot because of the apparent whitewashing that took place after Ed Skrein was cast as a character who, in the comics, is actually a Japanese-American, something that Skrein is decidedly not. After the controversy really began to gain in popularity, Skrein made the bold and important decision to step down from the film because he did not want to take roles away from actors who would obviously be more deserving of him. You can view his full remarks below, but major props have to be given to Skrein for doing the right thing in a tough situation.
There is an interesting development in this casting situation, too. Since Skrein is left, the studio is rightly searching for someone who would decidedly not be viewed as someone who would whitewash the movie and they are apparently leaning towards Daniel Dae Kim, who starred on such hit network dramas as Lost and Hawaii Five-O. He recently left the cast of the latter show, citing the fact that the show would not pay the Asian actors the same as the white actors for his reason. Props to them both for speaking out!