Snow White and the Huntsman is coming off a surprisingly great opening weekend at the box office, but not everyone is impressed. Angry that the film used average-sized actors to play the iconic seven dwarfs, a group of Hollywood's little people has just announced a protest against the film's studio, Universal Pictures.
The protest comes from Beacher's Madhouse, a Los Angeles-based theater group that prominently features little people. Matt McCarthy, a 4 foot, 1 inch dwarf representing the company, sent a letter to Universal head Adam Fogelson this week announcing a "100-midget march" to protest the film's dwarf casting. A date for the protest hasn't been set yet.
"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," McCarthy wrote, and called use of average-sized actors to play dwarf roles "the equivalent of Universal casting a white actor to play a role written for an African-American person and digitally changing the color of their skin."
Advocacy group The Little People of America has also chimed in on the issue, urging Hollywood to keep all the roles little people are capable of playing open for little people.
"This means both 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," the group said.
Huntsman isn't the only recent major fantasy film to cast average-sized actors in little people roles. Peter Jackson used forced perspective, duplicate sets and scale doubles to great effect to portray hobbits and dwarfs in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and again in The Hobbit, rather than simply cast little people.
What do you think? Injustice or non-issue?
(Via The Telegraph)