Warwick Davis & Little People of America Call 'Snow White' Dwarf Casting "Inexcusable"
Snow White and the Huntsman might have been a success at the box office, but not everyone seems to be a fan of the fairytale film.
Willow and Life's Too Short star Warwick Davis has backed up the Little People of America organization claiming the casting of the dwarfs in Snow White was "inexcusable" due to the fact that producers cast actors like Ian McShane and Ben Hoskins instead of utilizing "the pool of talent" among short actors.
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In a statement, a spokesman for Little People of America, a nonprofit which provides support to little people and their families, says, "Little People of America supports the equality of opportunity for the employment of little people in all industries. Of course, this includes the entertainment industry, which we believe should cast little people in the full breadth of possible roles. 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 average height people and people of short stature."
And Warick thoroughly agrees.
"Considering the vast experience of many short actors working in the film industry today, I think it inexcusable that in casting for Snow White & the Huntsman, producers did not utilize this pool of talent," Warwick tells E! News in an exclusive statement.
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"My colleague Peter Dinklage won an Emmy for his performance in Game of Thrones, proving that short actors need roles that will not only challenge them, but allow them to express themselves as actors in their own right," he continued. "It is not acceptable to 'black up' as a white actor, so why should it be acceptable to 'shrink' an actor to play a dwarf?"
Snow White's competition, Mirror Mirror, cast little people as the dwarves. Should SWATH have done the same?