Disney and actor Peter Dinklage exchanged words about the live-action new “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” adaptation.
Where it started: Dinklage — best known for his role on “Game of Thrones” — said on Marc Maron’s podcast Monday that the upcoming remake of “Snow White” wasn’t handling things right.
- The upcoming “Snow White” film will star Rachel Zegler, from the “West Side Story,” as Snow White. Gal Gadot will play the Evil Queen.
What he said: “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,” Dinklage said to Maron, according to The Wrap.
- “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 and you’re still making that ... backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what ... you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
Response: Disney responded to Dinklage’s comments in a statement to Deadline.
- “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,” the statement read.
- Per Deadline, Disney has cultural consultants on its new live-action films like “Aladdin” and “Mulan.”