To prepare for his role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, Daniel Dae Kim is hard at work training for the high-octane action scenes, as shown in a new behind-the-scenes video posted to his Instagram page.
In a role that has gotten plenty of attention in the media, Daniel Dae Kim took over the role of Ben Daimio for Deadpool and Transporter: Refueled actor Ed Skrein, who dropped out after finding out that the character is Asian-American in the comics. It's a side character that has received more attention based on the trendy topic of whitewashing and the surprising choice by Skrein to forfeit the role in favor of casting inclusiveness and onscreen representation. Kim slides into the role as a more accurate representation of Daimio, a zombified military soldier who works with Hellboy in combating the forces of evil.
Now that the circus surrounding the role has died down a bit, Kim can focus on just nailing the role, which will certainly be physical and require a lot of action stunt work. To showcase some of the hard work that the actor is doing for the role, Kim posted a video of the fight choreography training he's doing on his Instagram page. There seems to be a lot of complicated parts, with guns and other weapons in play, but Kim appears to be up to the task:
Kim is no stranger to roles that require a lot of physicality, having starred on action reboot CBS series Hawaii Five-O for eight seasons. He looks very comfortable with the complicated choreography of this given action scene, especially given that training for the film is most likely in the early stages. There's no doubt that Skrein could've also pulled this off with his action background, but it just looks more natural coming from Kim given the context of the role that he is going to play.
Hellboy will be directed by Neil Marshall, someone who is no stranger to having massive action sequences in his background. He's directed two of the most action-packed episodes of Game of Thrones in "Blackwater" and "Watchers on the Wall", along with Mad Max-esque post-apocalyptic film Doomsday and tense underground horror film The Descent. His style fits a superhero property like Hellboy, and although many fans are probably bummed that they never got their third adventure with Guillermo del Toro behind the camera and Ron Pearlman as the big red guy, there are much worse choices for replacements.
Hellboy will be directed by Marshall and will feature Stranger Things' David Harbour in the title role. It will also star Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, and Penelope Mitchell, and is expected to come out sometime in the next two years.
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- Hellboy (2019) release date: Apr 12, 2019