- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2018

The upcoming Seth Rogen-produced comedy film “Good Boys” is facing backlash after a child stand-in actor was photographed on set wearing apparent blackface.

TMZ published photos of the light-skinned, black actor wearing dark brown makeup on his face and a “fat suit” while standing in on the Vancouver movie set for 11-year-old actor Keith L. Williams, who is black.

Sources connected to the production company, Good Universe, told TMZ that it’s “not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin tones.” Several cinematographers who spoke with TMZ and IndieWire, however, said that’s not the case and that casting directors typically make a point of hiring stand-ins who match the actors’ complexions.

Rapper and “Fast and Furious” actor Common said blackface should never be acceptable.

“C’mon man, it’s 2018, when is that acceptable? I ain’t with it,” he told TMZ. “Black and white people gotta stand up when they see some bulls—t going on.”

The child actor’s appearance offended at least one crew member on the set, TMZ reported. “Good Boys” producers told the site that they were aware someone had filed a complaint, and they were in the process of addressing the grievance.

Mr. Rogen issued a statement Thursday evening saying he immediately put a stop to the practice once he was made aware of it.

“I should start by saying this shouldn’t have happened, and I’m terribly sorry it did,” the comedian said. “I won’t give excuses for why it happened. I’ll just say that as soon I was made aware of it, I ensured we put an end to it — and I give my word that on any project my team and I are involved in, we will take every precaution to make sure something similar does not take place again.

“I’m engaging in conversations to make sure I find the best way to do that,” he added. “It’s on me to be proactive. Reacting isn’t enough.”

“Good Boys” — produced by Mr. Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky — is slated to hit theaters in 2019.


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