Seth Rogen has been forced to apologise after photos from the set of his upcoming comedy featuring a child in blackface were leaked online.
The images, which came from the set of Good Boys which Rogen himself is producing, were published by TMZ. The film stars 11-year-old actor Keith L. Williams and the images in question relate to his stand-in who appears, quite clearly, to be wearing makeup to darken the skin colour of his face.
When investigated further, it was confirmed that both the stand-in and Williams are African-American but the dark makeup was used on stand-in’s face in order to match to the actor’s.
“I should start by saying this shouldn’t have happened, and I’m terribly sorry it did,” Rogen’s statement reads.
“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. It’s on me to be proactive. Reacting isn’t enough.”
"Blackface" complaints on the set of Seth Rogan's new film… making an 11-year-old stand in wear dark makeup.
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— James Smith (@jamessmith053) August 5, 2018
A source close to TMZ explained that a complaint was filled when the makeup was applied to stand-in. While complaints occurred the source also explained that it was “not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin tones.”
“It is important for me to cast a person with similar complexion and physical stature to the actors they are standing in for,” a cinematographer told IndieWire while on the subject.
“In regards to makeup, I’ve seen wigs used and powder to take down shine, but maybe not as extreme as what is being suggested here. I personally would never ask for someone to be made up in a darker tone. You would just compensate for what you understand to be lighter or darker while lighting.”