GoT Star Peter Dinklage Slams New Snow White Remake

He praised Disney's diversity approach in one way, before also addressing how 'backward' it is.

 

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Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has come out with an impassioned statement about Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the 1937 animated classic ‘Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs’. Dinklage had some choice words for the studio, saying that the adaptation is ‘f*cking backward’, in relation to the stereotypes the film perpetuates about people with dwarfism.

The actor went on to discuss the choice to cast Latina actress Rachel Zegler in the leading role as Snow White (Gal Gadot will also be joining the cast as the iconic Evil Queen). Zegler is a shining new face in Hollywood who recently had her debut in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake.

Dinklage shared his confusion around the fact that Disney was making such a progressive statement with its racial diversity, while taking steps backwards with its portrayal of the dwarfism community.

 

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Speaking on Marc Maron’s podcast ‘WTF’, Dinklage said “I was a little taken aback by (the fact that) they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White… You’re progressive in one way but you’re still making that f*cking backward story of seven dwarves living in the cave.”

The actor went on to say that he has love and respect for Zegler and anyone who “thought they were doing the right thing”, but felt confused and let down by the decision to make the film.

Disney has since responded to Dinklage, highlighting a comment made by the actor that if the studio had chosen to put a ‘cool, progressive’ spin on the film, he would’ve been cool with it. A representative for the company said that they will be taking a ‘different approach’ with the seven characters in the film, and stressed that they have been working with members of the dwarfism community to avoid reinforcing stereotypes.

Hopefully, the studio will make good on this promise, as fans online jump to stand with Dinklage and push the multi corporation to make the right call.

One Twitter user simply said, ‘(Dinklage is) an inspiration to me…and an inspiration to marginalised actors everywhere’. Hear, hear!

Words by Aoife CodyKane

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