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Hollywood 'Midget' Theater

Threatens MASSIVE Protest

Over 'Snow White'

6/6/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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46.

Jexica    

I will bet dollars to donuts that they asked some Little People to audition and they were like, "We don't want to be type cast as dwarves and hobbits anymore. Give us regular sized roles or nothing." Well, there you go.

838 days ago
47.

Northerner    

why dont you little farts get over yourself! if a studio is going to spend $100 million or whatever on a movie they can surely hire whoever the hell they want!

838 days ago
48.

Tommy    

I am leaning towards the Midgets side on this one.... Poor little darlings..... Is there any law against (maybe) buying one and dressing them up in cute little costumes????? I'd love to have a few up on the roof at Christmas time..... Cool!!!!!

838 days ago
49.

Xana    

Looking at the concept art for the film, I think they tried to find faces that fit the pictures. At least they are very similar. It's possible they needed faces to go for the look they were looking for. There's more tall people with faces to choose from than midgets. Not sure if it makes it "OK", but this was something I was even thinking about before the article.

838 days ago
50.

Majestik    

I see the Little People's guild has come out of the woodwork and created nics to post about the injustice. I just might have taken up this cause except the fact that the last "BLOCKBUSTER" Trilogy that Hollywood produce, "LORD OF THE RINGS" franchise didn't hire a dwarf for the lead role, neither did they hire FOUR MIDGETS to play the Lead Hobbits, where were your cries of injustice then. You can't pick and choose your bitching, you have to stay consistent.

838 days ago
51.

Kyle    

I can't remember if there was ever an outcry during the Lord of the Rings Trilogy? They after all had hobbits in their movie and dwarfs, none of which were actual little people. Same can be said for the upcoming Hobbit movie, all of the dwarfs are not little people. Where is all of the complaining about that?

838 days ago
52.

Justin    

Well I'm glad they did because the dwarfs in the Mirror Mirror were horrible!!! Ruined the movie. Dwarfs are notoriously terrible actors so to me, it makes sense to use 'real talented' actors. It was refreshing and I loved it. If little people want more roles then they should be better actors - it has nothing to do with height.

838 days ago
53.

Ashlyn    

It is kind of stupid to cast average height people and then digitally make them shorter.

838 days ago
54.

gigi    

Maybe Universal should go to the March with a box of Pampers and some bottles. Since they want to act like a bunch of babies and complain over the fact that they were not used in the movie.

837 days ago
55.

ShrinkWrap    

Wasn't this the same group who complained a while back about "little people" being overlooked as actors by being cast only as dwarves and midgets? They got what they wanted, so why the grumbling?

837 days ago
56.

Eddie    

Poor little guys are still being called midgets but if I type a ***s I bet it'll be censored by the ***s who run TMZ.

837 days ago
57.

sd001    

It is a free world, and you should be able to hire who you want to...doesn't mean just because you are a little person you are what the producer wanted or that you are the best person for the job...
just another waste of money and more sour grapes...from people that feel they are initialed because they are different.

837 days ago
58.

gina    

Im sure you could find it online somewhere, the director of this movie was asked why he cast average height actors in the roles as opposed to little people. He started laughing and said something to the effect that "Mirror, Mirror" had hired all the "good" little people talent in Hollywood. It was really insulting to me, and I'm 5 foot 10. To say that the other Snow White Movie that hired 7 little people had consumed ALL the little people talent in Hollywood is insane. And to laugh at the question as if it was a ridiculous idea to hire little people was SO RUDE! But in the end, the casting was pure bull****. Because they believe Kristen Stewart has the talent to carry this film. I support the protesters 100 percent!

837 days ago
59.

Barkingboy    

Oh how cute......it's going to be a tiny little protest!!!!

837 days ago
60.

tessa    

Get real. Do it yourself and stop trying to horn in on those who get up off their butts and actually produce something. Buncha whiners, but then that is the current trend. Gimme what YOU worked for while I snivel and do nothing.

837 days ago
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