Friday 17 August 2018

Rogen sorry over 'blackface' child used as movie stand-in

Seth Rogen. Photo: Getty Images
Seth Rogen. Photo: Getty Images

Dean Gray in Los Angeles

Seth Rogen has issued an apology following reports that his film 'Good Boys' used a child stunt-double in "blackface" to stand in for one of the film's leading actors.

"This shouldn't have happened, and I'm terribly sorry it did," said Hollywood star Rogen (36), who is a producer on the comedy.

News site TMZ reported last week that "a light-skinned African-American kid" was seen on set wearing "an afro wig and fitted in a fat suit" and with his face painted in dark make-up. The actor is understood to have been a stand-in for 11-year-old Keith L Williams, one of the film's stars.

Sources close to the production company defended it as "common practice", with one telling TMZ it was "not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors' skin tones".

According to TMZ, the stand-in actor's father, "a longtime stunt performer himself, who is also on the set, is offended by the [complaints] being made regarding his son."

Now Rogen has condemned the decision to change the child performer's skin tone. "I won't give excuses for why it happened," he said.

Irish Independent

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