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Disney says it’s consulting with ‘dwarfism community’ after Peter Dinklage knocks ‘Snow White’ remake

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  • Actor Peter Dinklage spoke about the upcoming live-action remake of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on a podcast Monday.
  • Dinklage discussed what he perceives as contradictory standards for updating the 85-year-old film for today in its portrayal of dwarfs.
  • Disney responded, stating it was consulting the “dwarfism community” to avoid stereotypes.

Disney said it’s consulting with the “dwarfism community” on its upcoming live-action remake of “Snow White” following criticism from actor Peter Dinklage. 

“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,” a Disney spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.” 

Dinklage had commented on the proposed remake while appearing on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday, citing what he perceives as contradictory standards for updating the 85-year-old film for modern times.  


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“No offense to anybody, I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. 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,” Dinklage said.  

The live-action remake is set to star “West Side Story” actor Rachel Zegler as Snow White and “Wonder Woman” actor Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.  

“You’re progressive in one way and you’re still making that f—ing backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f— are you doing man?” Dinklage added. “Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”  

“All love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing, but I’m just saying, what are you doing?” the actor added. “And if you tell the story of Snow White with the most f—— up, cool, progressive spin on it, let’s do it. All in. But I don’t know.”  


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