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If you’ve seen “Snow White and the Huntsman,” you may have realised the actors playing the dwarfs aren’t dwarfs at all. Instead, full-sized actors including Nick Frost, Ray Winstone and Ian McShane, were digitally downsized on screen to look the part of the dwarfs.
The role decisions have left many, or at least real life dwarves to wonder why Universal passed on able-bodied little people for the roles.
“This means casting people with dwarfism as characters that were specifically written to be played by little people … and other roles that would be open to people of short stature.”
“Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn, who played a struggling actor on the television show, went so far as to compare the casting decisions to Hollywood’s earlier exaggerated onscreen stereotypes.
“This is akin to black face,” Woodburn told the New York Post. “The argument will always be that they’re taking creative licence . . . That kind of manipulation for the sake of art doesn’t sit well with me.”
Now, “dwarf theatre group” Beacher’s Madhouse in Los Angeles is threatening to hold a march to Universal Pictures offices.
“In response to and in protest of this incredible injustice and prejudice, the Beacher’s Madhouse midgets and I are coordinating a 100-midget march to Universal’s offices.”
A Universal Pictures representative told the Post the acting choice “was a casting decision, not a body-type decision.”
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