Everyone is pissed at Seth Rogen because he put skin darkening makeup on a child actor on the set of his new film Good Boys. Well he didn’t do it. But someone on the film did.
The boy wasn’t an actor in the film, he was hired as a stand-in for 11-year-old actor Keith L Williams, and the supposed reason for the blackface was to approximate the actor’s skin tone. He was also given an Afro-esque hair prosthetic and a fat suit to more closely match the actor he was standing in for. It’s helpful when lighting and blocking to have stand-ins resemble the actor as closely as possible.
The boy wasn’t complaining, and his father who also worked on the set had no complaints but someone on set complained and now rapper Common is REALLY complaining saying there is no circumstance under which it’s appropriate to darken someone’s skin.
Seth Rogen is taking heat because- well because his name is the most media-worthy of everyone associated with the film. He and Evan Goldberg are Executive Producers.
Rogen has since apologized saying it should never have happened, and as soon as he found out about it, he stepped in. “As soon as 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,” also saying that its not a fair excuse to say he didn’t know about it. “It’s on me to be proactive. Reacting isn’t enough.” He promises to take steps to fix any lack of communication that could have resulted in this happening.
The film tells the story of four young boys who, in an attempt to fix a broken toy, skip school and get into trouble.