Earlier this week, we reported the firestorm over blackface allegedly being used on a black child actor who was a stand-in for another actor on the set of the upcoming Seth Rogen-produced film, Good Boys.
The other actor was a stand-in for 11-year old Keith L. Williams while he was on break.
The stand-in was pictured wearing darker makeup on his face, as well as an afro wig and a fat suit.
It’s reported that the incident made at least one person on set uncomfortable, leading to a complaint.
Now, Rogen has issued an official apology.
According to IndieWire, he said: “I should start by saying this shouldn’t have happened, and I’m terribly sorry it did. 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.”
Although the initial TMZ report says the production company said its “not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin tones,” IndieWire spoke to several cinematographers who said this simply isn’t true. One cinematographer told the publication anonymously, “It is important for me to cast a person with similar complexion and physical stature to the actors they are standing in for. 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.”