Peter Dinklage Says Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Remake ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’


Peter Dinklage is not a fan of the upcoming ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ adaptation.

Seven dwarfs living in a cave?

He has a few words for it. The reverse is one of them. Hypocrisy is another.

The actor, who grew up in Mendham, was promoting his movie ‘Cyrano’ on Jersey City native Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ podcast released on Monday when he spoke about the upcoming live-action remake of the first movie. animation from Disney.

The new “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, which is in the works, has its own Jersey connection – Rachel Zegler.

Zegler, 20, who just won a Golden Globe for playing Maria in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’, is currently working on the Disney adaptation of the 1937 hit. The actor, who grew up in Clifton and is from Colombian-American origin, will play the role of a new version of Snow White.

“Well, you know, it’s really progressive to cast a — literally no offense to anyone, but I was kind of surprised by…they’re very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White,” said said Dinklage on the podcast. . “But you still tell the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.”

Rachel Zegler will play Snow White in a new Disney adaptation of the 1937 animated film.Matt Winkelmeyer | Getty Images

Maron and Dinklage, 52, were talking comedy when Dinklage looked to the Disney project as an example of what he saw as abundant hypocrisy in entertainment.

“Step back and look at what you’re doing there,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense. Because you’re progressive in a way, but you’re still doing this fucking back-to-back story of seven dwarfs living in a cave, what the hell are you doing, Dude? Didn’t I do anything to further the cause from my podium? Guess I’m not strong enough.

The new “Snow White,” directed by Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and co-starring Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen, is slated for release in 2023.

But the disconnect between a seemingly progressive casting for the lead role and the continued embrace of Disneyfied fairy tale lore rings true, Dinklage said.

“They were so proud of it,” he said in his review of the upcoming film. “All my love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing, but I’m just like, ‘What are you doing?'”

The Emmy-winning actor went on to say that if the film’s approach was more of a “gradual, cool, fucked up spin” on the original “Snow White,” he would be more supportive of the concept.

Zegler made his screen debut in Spielberg’s 2021 adaptation of the 1957 musical “West Side Story,” which was filmed in Paterson and Newark and won the Golden Globe for Best Musical.

Dinklage was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Cyrano de Bergerac in “Cyrano,” and garnered Oscar buzz for the role. The film, an adaptation of the stage show Dinklage previously starred in, opens wide on February 25.

The actor has already won four Emmys for his role as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” the HBO smash hit from Bayonne’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George RR Martin.

“Cyrano,” directed by Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement”), was written by Dinklage’s wife, Erica Schmidt, who adapted the musical from his 2018 musical. meme is an adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play “Cyrano de Bergerac” inspired by the real-life French novelist and playwright. Dinklage is also nominated for a Critics Choice Award for his performance.

toxic avenger

The original superhero from Toxic Avenger: New Jersey.Troma Entertainment

Speaking of remakes and adaptations, Dinklage is set to play New Jersey superhero “The Toxic Avenger,” aka Toxie, in an adaptation of the acclaimed 1984 B-movie.

The film, set in the fictional Tromaville, New Jersey and directed by Macon Blair (“I Don’t Feel Home In This World Anymore”), with original directors Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz on board as producers, also stars Taylour Paige (“Zola”), Elijah Wood, Kevin Bacon, Jacob Tremblay (“Room”), Sarah Niles (“Ted Lasso”) and Julia Davis (“A Very British Scandal”).

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