Warwick Davis criticises Snow White's seven dwarves choices
Harry Potter star Warwick Davis has criticised movie bosses for failing to cast smaller actors to play the seven dwarves in new movie Snow White And The Huntsman, calling the snub "inexcusable".
Campaigners at The Little People of America organisation have this week voiced their anger after actors including Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Nick Frost were cast as the famous fairytale characters and digitally altered to appear shorter.
Los Angeles-based dwarf theatre group Beacher's Madhouse threatened to stage a "100-midget march" to the offices of Universal Pictures in protest against "injustice and prejudice".
Davis has now spoken out about the dispute and urged movie bosses not to cut smaller actors out of their castings.
He tells E! Online, "Considering the vast experience of many short actors working in the film industry today, I think it inexcusable that in casting for Snow White & the Huntsman, producers did not utilise this pool of talent. My colleague Peter Dinklage won an Emmy for his performance in Game of Thrones, proving that short actors need roles that will not only challenge them, but allow them to express themselves as actors in their own right.
"It is not acceptable to 'black up' as a white actor, so why should it be acceptable to 'shrink' an actor to play a dwarf?"
A spokesman for the Universal Pictures studio called the move "a casting decision, not a body-type decision," adding, "They (the actors playing the dwarves) came with pedigrees and recognisability."
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damn. so that means we can't have any more shows with fake giants, or vampires or other actors playing parts? I would say "grow up" but that might offend you Warwick.....
haha the idea of them gettin wound up by this is hilarious. They would of known this film was in the works at least a couple of years ago and they must of thought "Whats that? They are remaking Snow white? HELLO! " I bet the poor little things were high fiving and everything. I can only imagine when the news came through "they've used WHAT!?" Brilliant