Dwarf actors criticize Peter Dinklage for canceling seven dwarfs

Dwarf actors have reacted angrily to Disney canceling the seven dwarfs from their Snow White remake after Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage called them offensive, saying the decision deprives them of work and the chance to fulfill what some have a dream role.

When Disney spoke to DailyMail.com following Disney’s decision to ‘reconsider’ the characters, several actors and agents said there were plenty who would have happily accepted the jobs that Dinklage – a Golden Globe winner who was paid $ 1 , 2 million per episode of Game of Thrones – said was ‘backwards’.

The actors say that Dinklage is not the authority on what society as a whole finds offensive, and that Disney has done far more harm to them than benefit by canceling the roles.

Some are now begging Disney to bring the parts back and begging for the chance to audition for them.

‘It hurts me so much to think that there are seven roles for dwarves who can not get normal acting roles, or very few and far between roles, and now they are gone because of this guy.

“Peter Dinklage is probably the greatest dwarf actor ever, but that does not make him a royal dwarf,” Dylan Postl, who played leprechaun Hornswoggle in WWE for 10 years and has also appeared in The Muppets, told DailyMail.com.

‘When he was cast as a small person role in Lord of the Rings or in a Game of Thrones or in Elf or this or that thing … those checks were redeemed fine.

‘He had no problem then. But now he wants to be progressive? Come on, man. ‘

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In a speech to DailyMail.com, Postl said Dinklage had no problem playing roles in Game of Thrones - where he was paid $ 1.2 million per episode in his role as

Peter Dinklage is pictured in New York City on Wednesday

In a speech to DailyMail.com, Dylan Postl said Dinklage had no trouble playing roles in Game of Thrones – where he was paid $ 1.2 million per episode in his role as Tyrion Lannister – but has now decided to become progressive . He said it harms the opportunities of other actors

Dylan Postl was Leprechaun Hornswoggle in the WWE for 10 years.  He pronounced Dinklage as 'selfish', 'stupid' and 'stupid' to call the roles backwards

Dylan Postl was Leprechaun Hornswoggle in the WWE for 10 years. He pronounced Dinklage as ‘selfish’, ‘stupid’ and ‘stupid’ to call the roles backwards

Disney takes a 'different approach' with the characters originally referred to as 'the seven dwarfs' in its remake of its classic film Snow White in an attempt to 'avoid reinforcing stereotypes'

Disney takes a ‘different approach’ with the characters originally referred to as ‘the seven dwarfs’ in its remake of its classic film Snow White in an attempt to ‘avoid reinforcing stereotypes’

‘I do not know if Peter Dinklage is still performing or if he is done now, but I do not know … it’s quite selfish. People came before him. If it’s his mindset that he wants to be the only one, then you have to become a grown man. ‘

‘When he was cast as a small person role in Lord of the Rings or in a Game of Thrones or in Elf or this or that thing … those checks redeemed fine. Now he wants to be progressive? Come on man

“It does not help our society, it takes jobs away from our society, which is very few and far between, as it is,” he said.

History, Postl added, has become the latest victim of our ‘waking nation’.

‘We are in a society and a time of vigilance and progression, and I understand that – to some extent – but this is an adventure.

‘This is a fairy tale about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Dwarves are one of the focuses – they are literally in the title.

‘When I was growing up, I only wanted to be a professional wrestler and work for WWE. When I was 19, they cast after a leprechaun: someone my size to be a talent in the air.

‘I could never in a million years have gotten a job at WWE as one of their most important superstars, I’m not six feet, I do not weigh 250 pounds, but this role as leprechaun is made for me.

‘For 10 years I lived out my absolute childhood dream when I whistled for the leprechaun at WWE.

‘If a dwarf just dreams of being an actor and in a Disney movie, then this role is made for them. You take these roles as not just one but seven little people away because. do you feel we need to make progress?

‘It’s so stupid, it’s just stupid. You make society worse than better. ‘

The 35-year-old with his son

Postl, 35, says he was able to live out his ‘dream’ of 10 years with WWE by playing a leprechaun. He is shown with his son. They live in Wisconsin

The story is now “Snow White and the Seven People in Normal Size.” It’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ”

‘They also all have their individual characteristics, they take care of Snow White, they are the heroes. It is a good thing!’

Postl said he would jump at the chance to be involved in a big-budget Disney movie.

‘To be part of a remake of one of the greatest adventures, greatest Disney stories ever, would be huge.

‘I know myself and six other little people who would love this role. Disney – call me. This would be a dream role for me. I’m begging for one. ‘

Jeff Brooks is a 62-year-old actor who lives in Dallas. He has worked as a dwarf actor since 1979, when he was cast as a flashing Santa Claus in a holiday commercial for Joske’s. He played the yellow dinosaur on The Barney Show on PBS from 1994 to 2001.

He told DailyMail.com that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was not an offensive story and that he – like Postl – would have jumped on the bandwagon.

‘My first role was Josh the Gnome, he was very dressed like a garden gnome. So various other things mostly seasonal work. I wanted to play elves for Christmas, leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day, a series of characters for Halloween. ‘

He said over the course of his 30-year career that he has rarely been offended by the roles he has been offered.

Snow White, he said, depicts dwarves in a historically accurate way.

‘Dwarves worked in the mines. They performed tasks that were easier to perform by people who are small. They worked in mines, manufactured, built planes, cars – all sorts of things that involved a cramped space.

Dinklage claimed in his interview that the story maintains a story about the dwarves living in caves that is inaccurate.

‘In the movie, they had their own house. They had a house and they worked in the mines, “he said.

Jeff Brooks is a 62-year-old actor based in Dallas.  He started with commercials and often played elves at Christmas, and he also played the yellow dinosaur in The Barney Show.  He told DailyMail.com that there are too few roles for dwarf actors as it is - and that Dinklage just shrank the possibilities even more, whether he meant it or not.

Jeff Brooks is a 62-year-old actor based in Dallas.  He started with commercials and often played elves at Christmas, and he also played the yellow dinosaur in The Barney Show.  He told DailyMail.com that there are too few roles for dwarf actors as it is - and that Dinklage just shrank the possibilities even more, whether he meant it or not.

Jeff Brooks is a 62-year-old actor based in Dallas. He started with commercials and often played elves at Christmas, and he also played the yellow dinosaur in The Barney Show. He told DailyMail.com that there are too few roles for dwarf actors as it is – and that Dinklage just shrank the possibilities even more, whether he meant it or not.

Brooks said it was not offensive to cast small people in the roles or even keep the characters in the film because dwarves are real.

‘Dwarf is a medical term. The condition I have is achondroplasia dwarfism. That’s a fact. I’m a dwarf.

‘I hope they cast Little People and give them the job … Peter Dinklage could hurt some dwarf actors’ chances here.

Katrina Kemp, who has appeared in GLOW on Netflix, said that Disney's decision to do away with the roles completely cancels out an opportunity for actors with dwarfism.

Katrina Kemp, who has appeared in GLOW on Netflix, said that Disney’s decision to do away with the roles completely cancels out an opportunity for actors with dwarfism.

“And it scares me that Disney would change a decision so big over an actor’s comment. They’ve been too quick here.”

Katrina Kemp, a 31-year-old Los Angeles-based actress, said there would have been actors willing to accept the roles that Disney scrapped.

She questioned whether Disney ever intended to cast dwarf actors in the roles if they planned to use CGI instead – which she said would have been even more damaging.

‘It’s a missed opportunity to make a film with seven little people where they actually have intended characters.

“There would have been people who would have happily taken on those roles. Are they the people fighting for a SAG award? No. Peter has the privilege of not doing so [take the roles. The people who are freaking out about this do not.’ 

She said she does not pin the blame on Dinklage, and said she didn’t believe he ever intended to take work from people. 

But she said it was a failure by Disney to rely on his voice alone.  

‘Going to Dinklage for this is like going to Kim Kardashian for law firm advice. He is on another level, another plain of success completely. 

‘There are other dwarfism players who are just trying to use the inspiration that he has put out there,’ she said. 

‘You cant fix it by saying “oh we won’t put any little people in it at all.” 

Lauren Brooks, who has represented dwarf actors through her Texas-based talent agency B3 for 15 years, told DailyMail.com on Thursday: ‘He is one guy out of millions of people with dwarfism. 

‘They are all wanting to be him. If he doesn’t want the competition then that is pretty selfish for him to deny other people the right to work.’   

‘Making the 12 dwarves in Snow White now normal sized people is like taking the cast of Roots and making them white.    

‘I do not agree with it. My guys and women who happen to suffer dwarfism have to use what god gave them, you know, “shake what your mama gave you.” 

 ‘Going to Dinklage for this is like going to Kim Kardashian for law firm advice. He is on another level, another plain of success completely

‘To have the ability to work requires a lot of inner strength and to take those jobs away from them is like taking the lollipop kids out of The Wizard of Oz. You just don’t do it. 

‘Disney is so litigious, they’ll sue people for using any of theirs and here they are changing a Brothers Grimm story because they think it will be more politically correct… it should be as it was written.

‘There really are not that many roles written for dwarf people. Back in the fifties, they were revered. Then over the years, for some reason, people started to think it was offensive for them to get work. If they are OK with it then at least they can make their handicap something positive.’ 

She added that the characters of the seven dwarves in Snow White are also positive, varied roles. 

‘[Dwarf] Actors usually never get the good roles. They are usually scary or negative. Disney has not commented on whether they had cast any actors for the roles.

In a statement, after Dinklage spoke out, Disney said: ‘To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we take a different approach with these seven characters and have consulted with members of the dwarf community’.

Now it is unclear whether the roles will be written completely out of the story.

Neither Disney nor Peter Dinklage’s representatives responded to requests for comment.

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