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Disney responds to Peter Dinklage’s criticism of ‘Snow White’ remake

Disney have responded after the actor said the remake was "f***ing backwards"

By Elizabeth Aubrey

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game Of Thrones'
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game Of Thrones'. (Picture: HBO).

Disney has responded to criticism from Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage after he criticised their Snow White remake as being “f***ing backwards.”

Speaking on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast earlier this week (January 24), Dinklage said he was confused at the film’s producers stating their pride at casting Latino actor Rachel Zegler in the title role, yet re-telling a story he feels to be antiquated and problematic.

“Literally no offence to anyone,” Dinklage told Maron, “but 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.”

He added: “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**k are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

“I think also, if you tell the story of ‘Snow White’ with the most f***ed up, progressive spin on it? Let’s do it. All in,” Dinklage added. “But, I just don’t know.”

Now, Disney have issued a statement saying they’re taking a “different approach” to casting.

“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 says.

“We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

The remake of Disney’s 1930s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale is set for a 2023 release and will feature Zegler as Snow White, while ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ star Gal Gadot is on board as the Evil Queen.

Elsewhere, Dinklage’s most recent role comes in an adaptation of Cyrano, directed by Joe Wright (‘Anna Karenina’, ‘The Woman in the Window’) and starring Dinklage in the titular role of “a heartbreaking love story that transcends time”.