Disney has responded to criticism leveled against its upcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs live-action remake by Game of Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage.
In a recent interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Dinklage — perhaps best known for playing Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones — expressed his disappointment with casting choices for Snow White and the potential use of “dwarfs” in the live-action remake.
“Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. But you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me”
“You’re progressive in one way but then you’re still making that f-cking backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f-ck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box? I guess I’m not loud enough. I don’t know which studio that is but they were so proud of it. All love and respect to the actress and all the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I’m just like, what are you doing?” he said.
In the midst of this backlash, Disney released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community. We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”
Ian Dinklage has dedicated his life to raising awareness about the few parts available to little people, based on his own life experiences of refusing to be cast as a typical elf or leprechaun. His dedication to maintaining honesty as an actor in the face of adversity is without doubt deserving of commendation, given his memorable roles in major movies and franchises.
It’s unclear what direction Disney will take Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs next, but given the upheaval thus far, we wouldn’t be shocked to see a complete re-working of the 1937 animated film with the same name.
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