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White Actor Quits ‘Hellboy’ Because His Character Is Asian

ollywood has always had a whitewashing problem.

Katherine Hepburn played a Chinese woman in 1944's Dragon Seed. Mickey Rooney perpetuated every negative stereotype as a Japanese character in 1961 in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Johnny Depp played a Native American character in 2013's Lone Ranger, and Emma Stone's character was supposed to be of Asian descent in 2015's Aloha.

Rarely, if ever, are the actors in these roles held responsible for their choice to accept the part. Rather, this whitewashing is seen as a failing on the part of the filmmakers, the casting agents, and the producers.

That all changed yesterday.

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