Nicholas Hoult on Friend Ed Skrein ‘Hellboy’ Exit: ‘I’m Proud of Him’

“X-Men” star Nicholas Hoult says he’s proud of his friend Ed Skrein’s decision to exit “Hellboy” because of whitewashing concerns, and offered a deadpan quip: “This is probably a bad time to announce that I’m playing Aladdin, isn’t it?” Just to be totally clear: Hoult isn’t playing Aladdin. He made the joke while talking with TheWrap CEO Sharon Waxman about Skrein’s decision not to play a character who is partly of Asian descent in the comics. The white actor has earned praise for the decision.