Beloved fairytale Snow White And The Seven Dwarves is getting the live-action Disney treatment. The big-budget adaption will star Rachel Zeglar (West Side Story) as the princess, with Gal Gadot playing the Evil Queen. One person isn’t happy. Peter Dinklage has openly criticized Disney for making the movie.
Dinklage is at the height of his fame, and when an actor of his stature is this short-tempered, it is worth noting. He is standing tall for what he believes in.
In an expletive-laden interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, the Emmy Winner and Game of Thrones star said the decision to make the movie was:
The new version of the 1937 animated film is slated for release in 2023 and Dinklage, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, has accused the studio of double standards. He says they are championing racial diversity in casting Zegler as Snow White, but not addressing damaging stereotypes.
“There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on I’ve got to say. No offence to anything but I was a little taken aback by [the fact that] they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
They were so proud of that, and all love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing but I’m just, like, ‘what are you doing?'”
Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me.
You can be progressive in one way but you’re still making that f**king backward story of the seven dwarves living in the cave. What the f**k are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox?
I guess I’m not loud enough.”
CNN then quoted him as saying the story can still be told, but it needs to be updated to today’s standards. He said:
“If you tell the story of Snow White with the most f**ked up, progressive spin on it? Let’s do it. All in.”
A decade ago Snow White and the Huntsman faced criticism, for “Tall Washing” as the dwarves were played by actors of heights close to the average who were then digitally downsized. Seinfeld actor Danny Woodburn has compared making the movie to “blackface”, while Little People of America threatened to hold a 100-midget march over the issue.
Disney responded in a statement, saying:
“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.”
Other little people actors could not be reached for comment, but rumors that Warwick Davies could be heard muttering “Thanks a lot, you bastard, that was guaranteed work!” cannot be confirmed or denied.
Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho, it’s back to the yearly panto you go!