The "Hellboy" casting controversy has a few silver linings, including introducing two new friends -- and revealing the correct pronunciation of Ed Skrein's last name.

So that's something.

As you probably know, Ed Skrein was initially cast as military man Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character in the "Hellboy" comics. After whitewashing backlash, Skrein stepped down, posting that he was unaware when accepting the role that the Daimio was of mixed Asian heritage. He respected that "representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people" and he wanted to make room for the role to be "cast appropriately."

Not too long after that, "Hellboy" cast Daniel Dae Kim, a recent alum of "Hawaii Five-0." Kim is Korean-American -- which is not the same as Japanese-American, as many fans jumped in to point out. But after the re-casting, Kim praised Skrein "for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors. He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character."

And now it looks like the two dudes have bonded over their shared "Hellboy" experience, with DDK posting this photo with his new friend:

Ed Skrein-Rhymes-With-Wine is no stranger to recastings, losing the role of Daario Naaharis on "Game of Thrones" to Michiel Huisman for what he later said were "political" reasons.

"Hellboy" stars David Harbour in the title role -- check out the first look of him here -- and it'll show up in theaters at some point in 2018.

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