For Daniel Dae Kim and his family, dying “too many times on screen” was a “true problem.”
Daniel Dae Kim is a well-known Hollywood actor who has played epic and dramatic roles. However, he admitted that the amount of times he’s died in movies and TV shows has been difficult for his children. Here’s why he thinks this common trope should be changed.
Daniel Dae Kim has appeared in a number of films and television shows.
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September 4, 2015 — Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim)
Kim started her acting career in the 1990s. His breakthrough role was in the ABC drama series Lost, where he played Jin-Soo Kwon for the entire six-season run. Kim started acting in the rebooted police procedural Hawaii Five-0 after leaving Lost due to a pay dispute in the show’s seventh season.
The actor has also appeared in a number of notable films. He starred in Crash, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006, as well as superhero films like Spider-Man 2, Hulk, and Hellboy, which was released in 2019. Kim also appeared in the second and third Divergent movies. He also dabbled in romantic comedy with the Netflix film Always Be My Maybe.
He discusses the Hollywood trope of Asian characters being killed off on television.
Angel, Lost, The Cave, Spider Man 2, Arena, and The Andromeda Strain, to name a few… I’ve died so many times on screen it became a real issue for my kids. It’s now one the primary factors in deciding whether I take a role or not. This trope is one of many for people of color that needs to change. https://t.co/1Qnj2NtakF
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) May 18, 2021
In May 2021, Kim quote-tweeted a statistic from a HuffPost article. It stated that “in the top-grossing movies of 2019, over 25% of Asian & Pacific Islander characters were dead by the end of the movie — one of a slew of harmful tropes that Hollywood perpetuates on screen.”
Kim affirmed this by citing many of his past credits. “I’ve died so many times on screen it became a real issue for my kids,” he wrote. It also impacted his acting choices. “It’s now one… This story is a short summary. Hope you enjoyed.