Several dwarf actors have spoken out and slammed Peter Dinklage after the Game of Thrones star called for a woke remake of Snow White.
Calling on Disney to ditch dwarves from a Snow White remake, Peter Dinklage suggested it was offensive to represent people with dwarfism in a problematic and unfair way in the live-action version of the popular tale.
“Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You’re progressive in one way and you’re still making that f***ing backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f*** are you doing, man?” he said.
Following Dinklage’s comment, Disney was quick to bow to the actor and announce they would be taking “a different approach with these seven characters” to “avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film.”
Now, however, several prospective actors with dwarfism who were looking forward to playing in the movie lashed out at Dinklage and accused him of robbing them of work because of his woke ideas. Some of the actors also called out Disney for making a major U-turn after just one comment from one person.
“It makes me so sick to my stomach to think that there are seven roles for dwarfs that can’t get normal acting roles, or very few and far between roles, and now they are gone because of this guy,” The Muppers and WWE star Dylan Postl said in an interview with DailyMail.com
“When he was cast as a little person role in Lord of the Rings or in a Game of Thrones or in Elf or this that or the other thing… those checks cashed just fine. He had no issue then. But now he wants to be progressive? Come on man.”
The veteran actor added: “We are in a society and a time of woke and progression and I get that – to an extent – but this is a fairytale.
“This is a fairytale about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Dwarves are one of the focuses – they are literally in the title.
“If a dwarf just dreams of being an actor and in a Disney film then this role is made for them. You’re taking these roles of not just one but seven little people away because. you feel like we have to make progression? It’s so stupid, it’s just dumb. You’re doing worse for the community than better.”
Slamming the GoT star was also 62-year-old Jeff Brooks who has been working as a dwarf actor for several decades.
“Dwarf is a medical term. The condition I have is achondroplasia dwarfism. That is a fact. I am a dwarf,” he explained.
“I am hoping they cast Little People and give them the work… Peter Dinklage may be hurting the chance of some dwarf actors here.
“And it scares me that Disney would change a decision that big over the comment of one actor. They have been too quick here.”
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Katrina Kemp said dwarf actors would be thrilled to accept roles in the Snow White remake.
“It’s a missed opportunity to make a movie with seven little people where they actually have intended characters,” she said.
“There will have been people who gladly would have taken those roles. Are they people gunning for a SAG award? No. Peter has the privilege not to [take the] roles. The people who are freaking out about this do not.”
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