Dwarfs threaten '100-midget march' over Snow White and the Huntsman film
The makers of a major new film about Snow White are facing stern criticism – and a "100-midget march" – from the disability rights lobby for using fully-sized British actors to play the seven dwarfs.
Advocates from the pressure group Little People of America issued a statement arguing the film industry should be casting actors with dwarfism as "characters that were written to be played by short people".
The movie Snow White and the Huntsman, which opened in the US last week and is currently at the top of the box-office charts, instead used actors such as Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins Ian McShane and Eddie Marsan in the roles.
"This is akin to blackface," complained Danny Woodburn, an actor with dwarfism best known for his role on Seinfeld, in an interview with The New York Post.
In Los Angeles, a "dwarf theatre group" called Beacher's Madhouse said yesterday it was organising a "100-midget march" to the offices of Universal Pictures, the producers of the film, in protest against the "injustice and prejudice".
A spokesman for Universal argued the use of normal-sized actors was "a casting decision, not a body-type decision", adding that Hoskins and his colleagues "came with pedigrees and recognisability".
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