- Child stand-in was seen wearing dark brown makeup on the set of Good Boys
- He also sported an afro-style wig and a fat suit while on screen, sources said
- Boy’s skin was too light to match 11-year-old star so was darkened
- Producer Seth Rogen said he ordered the crew to stop when he found out
- He apologized saying he was ‘terribly sorry it happened and wouldn’t again
The boy was photographed working as a double for 11-year-old Keith L Williams in comedy Good Boys last week on set in Vancouver.
He had dark brown makeup applied to more closely resemble Williams, who has darker skin, along with wearing an afro-style wig and a fat suit.
A child actor was put in blackface on the set of Seth Rogen’s new film to match the skin tone of the star he was standing in for
He had dark brown makeup applied to more closely resemble 11-year-old actor Keith L Williams (right), who has darker skin
Rogen said he was not aware the child’s skin was darkened and ordered the practice to stop immediately when he found out.
The comedy actor who is one of three producers on the film said it ‘shouldn’t have happened’ and he was terribly sorry’ that 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,’ he said.
‘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.’
Producers were aware of the complaint and in the process of addressing it. Seth Rogen (pictured) and Evan Goldberg are the film’s credited producers
At least one person on set, which is shooting ahead of a 2019 release, was upset by the sight of the child and filed a complaint.
Sources at the studio Good Universe told TMZ on Thursday it was ‘not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin tones’.
They also said the actor’s father ‘a longtime stunt performer himself, who is also on the set, is offended by the [complaints] being made regarding his son’.
But Rapper and Fast and Furious actor Common wasn’t buying that excuse, saying it was ‘never appropriate’ to darken someone’s face.
At least one person on set, which is shooting ahead of a 2019 release, was upset by the sight of the child and filed a complaint
‘C’mon man, it’s 2018, when is that acceptable? I ain’t with it,’ he told TMZ.
‘If I’m a black person on that set, I’m offended. And honestly, I think a white person should step up and say they feel uncomfortable and it’s not appropriate.
‘Black and white people gotta stand up when they see some bulls**t going on.’
Common said the filmmakers should have picked a stand-in that matched Williams’ skin tone without needing any makeup.
Other industry insiders disputed that using makeup to change skin tone was frequently done, with stand-ins usually chosen to resemble actors.
Rapper and Fast and Furious actor Common said it was ‘never appropriate’ to darken someone’s face
Producers were aware of the complaint and in the process of addressing it. Rogen and Evan Goldberg are the film’s credited producers.
Good Boys is in the same vein as the pair’s earlier work including Superbad and Sausage Party.
It tells the story of four 12-year-old boys who skip school and get in to trouble in an effort to fix a broken toy.
Williams stars alongside Jacob Tremblay, Molly Gordon, and Brady Noon with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky directing.