Whitewashing is a weird term thrown around in Hollywood for a lot of reasons, but Asian characters and actors alike definitely have a healthy amount of reasoning to be upset at the casting of Ed Skrein for an original Asian (specifically Japanese) character for the reboot of Hellboy.
Skrein took to social media to respectfully drop out of the feature in hopes the casting of an Asian man for the role was done. To Skrein’s credit again, he didn’t leave with malice, but instead decided to drop out on his own with only positive words of affirmation for audiences and everyone who wants ethnically accurate roles dealt with appropriately.
As for Kim, he’s made a name for himself as one of the stars of Hawaii-Five O, but left the CBS show along with his co-star Grace Park due to their pay being less than their white co-stars. Eventually, no deal was made between he and CBS Television Studios which obviously frees him up to join Hellboy.
Kim had this to say about leaving the show:
“As an Asian-American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho,” he added. “I will miss him sincerely. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn’t be prouder to call these islands home.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter