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Hollywood 'Midget' Theater

Threatens MASSIVE Protest

Over 'Snow White'

6/6/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Little people across Hollywood are rising up against the producers of "Snow White and the Huntsman" -- for casting tall people in the role of Snow White's dwarfs -- and now, a prominent "midget" theater group plans to stage an over-sized protest.

The wee man leading the charge is a guy named Matt McCarthy -- a 4'1" self-described "midget" who works for Beacher's Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel, a theater troupe that features more than 20 little people.

Like Little People of America, McCarthy's pissed "midgets" weren't cast as Snow White's dwarfs in the new movie -- producers cast normal-sized actors instead, digitally resizing their limbs or transplanting their faces onto little people's bodies.

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But McCarthy's not fuming in silence -- he just fired off a letter to Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson, informing him, "In response to and in protest of this incredible injustice and prejudice, the Beacher's Madhouse midgets and I are coordinating a 100-midget march to Universal's offices."

McCarthy adds, casting average-sized actors as Snow White's dwarfs "is the equivalent of Universal casting a white actor to play a role written for an African-American person and digitally changing the color of their skin."

So far, a date for the march hasn't been set.

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31.

Squeaky Shoes    

this is completely ridiculous... hollywood casts actors with stage-presence because they'll draw a crowd with brad name actors than people no one has ever heard about. i have absolutely ZERO respect for people who insist that they have more rights and privileges just because that are some kind of visible deficiency... you weren't cast, get over it.

oh and by the way moron, NO ONE will hire you now that you're making a complete fool of yourself for the piddly little 15 minutes of fame you're trying to squeeze

870 days ago
32.

IceGypsy    

I'm not saying there aren't any great little people actors. There as some amazing ones. Odds are none of them likely auditioned for the movie because they are trying to be serious about their craft and don't want to be cast as a dwarf. The studios had to use the best actors they found, and since none of them were little people they had to resort to technology, which by the way would have been very costly to do so.

870 days ago
33.

Rhubino    

I've seen the trailers, and the movie is dark (mood wise) and quite uniquely stylized. I personally think using real little people, especially those with dwarfism, would have compromised that feel. A very short person whose limbs are relatively proportionate has a whole different look than a true dwarf, and the producers weren't after that look I expect. Nothing wrong there.

870 days ago
34.

Cynthia    

We went to the panel at Wondercon & they asked why real little people weren't used, & they said it's because they already had these actors lined up for a movie that didn't work out, so they just went with them.....makes sense!!

870 days ago
35.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

They are being very small about this.

870 days ago
36.

PathFinder    

With technology today, nothing is real, from the movies you watch to the songs you hear. Movies use digital enhancements and song already singers voices. It's the age we live in.

870 days ago
37.

BruceC    

Shame on you Universal! What an insensitive and predjudiced act not to go with real midgets for the new Snow White movie. Imagine if Tom Cruise was cast as ****a Kinte in "Roots" or Kobe Bryant as "The Hobbit", or Justin Bieber as an Umpa Lumpa in Willy Wonka. Outrageous that Universal tried to pull this off - its the newest form of prejudice and exclusion in a film and entertainment industry in which reality is increasingly powered by, distorted and manipulated by digital and computer graphics. Apparently Universal wants to take us all back to those dark times when movies had caucasian actors playing (in make-up and cartoonish) black and asian characters.....1930s here we come again.

870 days ago
38.

PathFinder    

Hollywood is desperate for real talent. In a bid for the almighty dollar, Hollywood has chosen to overlook the people that actually studied the art of acting and are shoving the talentless scripted reality shows down our throatsand we are allowing it to happened by watching the crap

870 days ago
39.

messygirl    

It's a free country. Go make your own movie and cast it however you want.

870 days ago
40.

Bruce C    

What an insensitive and predjudiced act by Universal not to go with real midgets for the new Snow White movie. Imagine if Tom Cruise was cast for ****a Kinte in "Roots" or Kobe Bryant as "The Hobbit", or Justin Bieber as an Umpa Lumpa in Willy Wonka. Outrageous that Universal tried to pull this off - its a newest form of prejudice and exclusion powered in a film and entertainment industry in which reality is increasingly distorted and manipulated by digital and computer graphics. Shame on you Universal

870 days ago
41.

Bruce C    

Re: Midgets of MadHouse protest Snow White: Go midgets! What an insensitive and predjudiced act by Universal not to go with real midgets for the new Snow White movie. Imagine if Tom Cruise was cast to ****a Kinte in "Roots" or Kobe Bryant as "The Hobbit", or Justin Bieber as an Umpa Lumpa in Willy Wonka.

Outrageous that Universal tried to pull this off - its a newest form of prejudice and exclusion powered in a film and entertainment industry in which reality is increasingly distorted and manipulated by digital and computer graphics. Shame on you Universal

870 days ago
42.

cari    

That is ridiculous! The director, writers and producers needed to hire ACTORS. That's what they do...ACT. They don't have to hire someone who is small just because they are small. I guess I should get mad when they hire someone to play a redhead, only to find out they dyed their hair! how dare they!!!

870 days ago
43.

Jreal    

This is stupid. They can't have it both ways. Weren't they MAD a couple years ago because Universal only hired them for MIDGET roles. GTFOH!!!!

870 days ago
44.

Jreal    

This is so stupid. These little people can't have it both ways. One minute they are upset because they are cast only as dwarfs in movies, next minute the get mad because they are not cast as dwarfs. GTFOH!!!

870 days ago
45.

Ih8Taxes    

It reminds me of a line from the movie "Bad Santa" -
: I'm talking about firing a little black midget. A small, colored, African-American small person. That's what I'm talking about. I'm talking about your face all over g*ddamn USA Today, that's what I'm talking about. I'm talking about 150 of these little motherf***ers all over the sidewalk out there. Holding picket signs and using bullhorns and sh*t like that. Screaming and hollering your name out. Unfair practices, get me? "

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