Peter Dinklage is under fire from other actors in the dwarf community after comments he made to Disney regarding their plans for a live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film caused the company to change their vision.
According to Daily Mail, the 52-year-old Game of Thrones actor is in hot water after he called the concept of the seven dwarfs “offensive” to the dwarf community – which allegedly prompted Disney to cancel the seven roles, in turn ruining what many believe would have been an opportunity and chance to fulfill “a dream role.”
“It makes me so sick to my stomach to think that there are seven roles for dwarfs that can't get normal acting roles, or very few and far between roles, and now they are gone because of this guy,” Dylan Postl, a dwarf actor who acted in The Muppets, told the outlet.
“Peter Dinklage is the biggest dwarf actor probably of all time but it doesn't make him king dwarf,” he continued. “When he was cast as a little person role in Lord of the Rings or in Game of Thrones or in Elf or this that or the other thing, those checks cashed just fine.”
“He had no issue then. But now he wants to be progressive? Come on man,” Postl added, before pointing out that Dinklage made upwards of $1.2 million per episode for his role as a little person in Game of Thrones.
Postl also pointed out that the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is just the latest victim in, what he calls, our “woke nation” canceling things just to seem progressive.
“We are in a society and a time of woke and progression and I get that – to an extent – but this is a fairytale,” he said. “This is a fairytale about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Dwarves are one of the focuses - they are literally in the title.”
Postl isn’t the only dwarf actor upset by the damage Dinklage caused. “I know me and six other little people who would love this role. Disney - call me,” Jeff Brooks, a 62-year-old actor from Dallas, also told the outlet. “This would be a dream role for me. I am begging for one.”
Following Dinklage’s comments, Disney released a statement announcing they now plan to take a “different approach” regarding the titular seven dwarfs in the upcoming live-action film.
“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,” the statement said.
At this point, it is unknown whether or not the roles of the seven dwarfs will be taken out of the story altogether or simply reworked somehow to come off less offensive to the dwarf community.