Seth Rogen had to apologize after an incriminating photograph from the set of his latest film, Good Boys, hit the mainstream media. The photo shows a child star wearing makeup, which some critics referred to as “blackface.”
In a statement acquired by the publication, Indiewire, the 36-year-old actor acknowledged the action, stating he was “terribly sorry it did” happen. Rogen said he wouldn’t “give excuses,” but he wants everyone to know that as soon as he and the rest of his team realized what was happening, they put a stop to it right away.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for Mr. Rogen, who took heat from a couple of different publications, as well as the rapper Common, who said there was never an excuse for blackface.
TMZ released photographs on Wednesday showing the 11-year-old star, Keith L Williams, wearing darker makeup for lighting purposes. Sources close to the production company, Good Universe, said this sort of thing was “not uncommon” for lighting reasons.
It’s done so that the skin tone of actors and actresses look good under the lights and thus on film. Supposedly, Indiewire talked to a director of photography about the incident, and he argued that it was “unorthodox.”
According to the Superbad alum, it’s important for him to match the “complexion and physical stature to the actors they are standing in for.”
Rogen also added that he has seen wigs and makeup used to take down the shine on a person’s face, but not as much as what was pictured in the photo.
The news of Rogen’s mistake comes shortly after the actor said to Vulture that he would willingly work with James Franco again despite the sexual harassment allegations against him. Rogen, in his typically self-deprecating fashion, admitted that his perspective was the “least relevant” both because he’s a man, and James is his close friend.