LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co says it is “taking a different approach” for its next live-action adaptation of the animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, following criticism from actor Peter Dinklage.
In an interview on comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday, Dinklage, who has a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, said having a Latina actress in the lead role was “progressive,” but called the story, based in the 19th century fairy tale, from “retrograde”.
“I literally don’t want to offend anyone, but I was a little taken aback. (…) They were very proud to cast a Latina actress for the role of Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” he said. the actor of “Game of Thrones” and “Cyrano”.
“Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It doesn’t make sense to me. You’re progressive in a sense, (…) but you’re still doing this fucking retrograde story of seven dwarfs living together in a cave? What the fuck What are you doing, friend? Haven’t I done anything to advance the cause from my rostrum? Guess I’m not loud enough.”
The adaptation of Disney’s 1937 animated film, in which seven mining dwarfs take in a princess after she is exiled by her evil stepmother, stars “Love Without Barriers” actress Rachel Zegler as Snow White and the Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.
“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 said in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday and which was widely quoted by the media.
“We look forward to sharing more as the film moves into production after a long period of development.”
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
The premiere of the new Snow White movie is scheduled for next year.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)