Peter Dinklage isn’t thrilled about the upcoming live-action reimagining of Snow White, arguing that Disney isn’t reimagining the right part of the immensely old and popular story. Peter Dinklage appeared on a recent episode of comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast in which they got to talking about the concept of political correctness, otherwise referred to by the youths as “wokeness.” The actor, who has dwarfism, discussed the upcoming film, which is based on the 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Anyone paying close attention likely has an idea of what Peter Dinklage’s problem with the movie is. As an actor with dwarfism, he has done a lot in recent years with characters like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones and his version of Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano whose size, while a key plot point, is not the first item in a list of qualities that describe their character. According to The Independent, Peter Dinklage pointed out the hypocrisy behind touting the casting of Latina actress Rachel Zegler in the titular role of Snow White or Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen as a major boon for diversity while also re-creating a story about a woman who befriends seven dwarfs who live in a cave, each of who have names like Grumpy, Dopey, and Sneezy.
Peter Dinklage noted that Hollywood was being “progressive in one way” but still making, what he called, “that f***ing backwards story.” He even lamented that he feels as though his body of work has done nothing for “the cause.” However, although he has his gripes with Hollywood’s decision to remake Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he stopped short of criticizing any one person for making the decision, nor did he condemn the project. In true Peter Dinklage fashion, he seemed to want to see where they go with it.
It’s not surprising that the story isn’t exactly the wokest piece of intellectual property that Disney owns. It’s based on an 1812 German fairy tale by the infamous Brothers Grimm. Deadline notes that story was eventually adapted several times before kicking off the Mouse House’s slew of animated fairy tale stories in 1938. It’s complicated because many owe Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for bringing us other beloved stories from Disney’s vault. That said, one can’t fault Peter Dinklage for inviting the company to rethink some of the story’s elements for a modern, 2022 audience.
In addition to Rachel Zegler, People reported in November that Wonder Woman actress, Gal Gadot, was joining the project as its villainous queen. This isn’t the first time that the star has played the baddie in a movie. She recently completed her run in Netflix’s immensely popular Red Notice, where she played the antagonist to Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds’ characters. While she and Rachel Zegler may be helping a new generation of young women see people who look more like themselves on the big screen in a story as time-tested as Snow White, Peter Dinklage is asking people to consider what people who look like him will walk away from the movie thinking or feeling.