Seth Rogen has issued an apology after it was reported that his upcoming comedy “Good Boys” had used makeup to darken the face of a child actor’s stand-in.
Rogen, 36, insisted, “I won’t give excuses for why it happened,” as he spoke about the incident, which TMZ published pictures of earlier this week.
The actor said, according to The Guardian: “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.”
Rogen’s comments come after TMZ stated that the stand-in for 11-year-old Keith L. Williams was allegedly pictured wearing an afro wig, as well as being fitted in a fat suit.
The publication added that the sight of the stand-in, who is reportedly a light-skinned African-American child, was “upsetting to at least one person on set.”
Other sources connected to production company Good Universe also said that it’s “not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin tones” and insisted it’s “not a blackface situation.”
They added that the stand-in’s father, who was a “longtime stunt performer and also on the set” was “offended by the [complaints] being made regarding his son.”