Snow White and The Huntsman, starring Charlize Theron and that girl from the Vampire movies (Kristen Stewart), also stars a bunch of average-sized actors. That doesn’t sound like a scandal, but the Little People of America, which supports people of short stature such as those with Dwarfism, is none too pleased with the casting of non-dwarfs to play dwarfs.
According to TMZ.com, a representative of the LPA group says, “”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 people of short stature.”
Remember Danny Woodburn who played the struggling short-statured actor Mickey Abbott on Seinfeld? The New York Post quotes him as saying, “This is akin to black face,” and believes that roles written for short-statured individuals should be offered to little people first.
The New York Post reports how purposeful the casting of average-sized actors was for “Huntsman”:
In an odd little mishap, Woodburn was accidentally sent a “Huntsman” script 16 months ago as he was preparing for his role in Julia Roberts’ Snow White flick, “Mirror Mirror.”
The little “Seinfeld” star was stunned to see, in the script, names of average-sized actors penciled in for the dwarf roles.
“These guys are all fabulous actors,” Woodburn said.
Gotta give props to Woodburn for taking up the cause while maintaining his class and respect for his colleagues.
What do you think of casting average-sized actors to play dwarfs? Is Woodman on the mark here in comparing someone who is digitally shrunk-down to portray a dwarf to someone made-up to look Black when actors who fit the description better are overlooked?