Seth Rogen movie ‘Good Boys’ under fire for putting child actor in ‘blackface’
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.
“Good Boys” — produced by Mr. Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky — is slated to hit theaters in 2019.