Seth Rogen has apologized after photos of a child actor on the set of his new movie in blackface and a fat suit to match with the film’s star, Keith L. Williams, online surfaced.
Seth Rogen has issued an apology after blackface was used on a child star’s stand-in, while on the set of his new movie “Good Guys.”
“I should start by saying that this would not be allowed to happen and I’m terribly sorry that it did. I will not give excuses why it happened,” Rogen said in a statement to Fox News. “I will just say that as soon I was made aware of it, I made sure that we put an end to it – and I give my word that in every project my team and I are involved in, we will take all possible precautions to ensure that something similar does not re-occur. I am involved in the conversations to make sure I find the best way to do that. It is up to me to be proactive. React is not enough.”
The producer and the actor faced backlash this week after a stand-in actor for the film of the 12-year-old star, Keith L. Williams, had dark makeup applied to his skin so that he could look more like the movie star, according to the Daily Mail.
“Last Man on Earth” actor Keith L. Williams, the star of Rogen’s new film “Good Boys” had a stand-in, whose skin was darkened to look more like him for the film.
The outlet also reported that the actor, who is also slightly slimmer than Williams, had to don a fat suit and an afro-style wig next to his dark make-up to match William the complete look.
And while the sources on the Good Universe and studio told TMZ that it was “not uncommon for lighting purposes to adjust actors’ skin tones,” there was an on-set witness who did not agree, and filed a complaint.
“Fast and Furious” actor and rapper Common spoke out against the use of blackface Thursday and the name of the studio ‘ s actions inappropriate.
Rapper and actor Common spoke to Rogen and his studio for the blackface incident.
The actor said that it is “never good” to darken someone’s face and suggested that the filmmakers, Rogen included, should have opted for a stand-in, who matched Williams from the start.
“Even try to paint someone darker to fit someone else, I mean, what sense does that make?” Common told TMZ reporters after he was asked about the incident. “I’m not.”
He added, “the Painting of someone darker? Come on, man, it’s 2018. When is that ever acceptable. If I was a black person on set, I’m offended. And even honestly, I think that a white person should be able to step up and say: this is not the case – need to feel uncomfortable. There should be white and black people stand for when you see that some bulls— going on.”
Rogen’s “Good Guys” also stars “the Room” actor Jacob Tremblay and the building to the cinemas to see in 2019.
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