Common slams Seth Rogen film for putting a child stunt double in blackface2 min read

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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.

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

‘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.

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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

Rapper and Fast and Furious actor Common  said it was 'never appropriate' to darken someone's face

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. Seth 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.