Former WWE star Hornswoggle has hit out at Game Of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage’s comments surrounding the new Snow White And The Seven Dwarves movie.
Peter Dinklage caused uproar in Hollywood with his recent comments on the Snow White remake as he called both the story and the roles as dwarves in the movie “backwards.” Disney has since said they are “rethinking” the roles but this has caused upset, not least with former WWE Superstar Hornswoggle.
Hornswoggle appeared in WWE for several years, first as Finlay’s troublesome leprechaun before being revealed as Vince McMahon’s illegitimate son. The star also captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship and competed in the iconic WeeLC match with El Torito.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hornswoggle – under his real name of Dylan Postl – discussed his thoughts on Dinklage’s comments and how they harm the dwarf community:
“It makes me so sick to my stomach to think that there are seven roles for dwarfs that can’t get normal acting roles, or very few and far between roles, and now they are gone because of this guy. Peter Dinklage is the biggest dwarf actor probably of all time but it doesn’t make him king dwarf.”
“When he was cast as a little person role in Lord of the Rings or in a Game of Thrones or in Elf or this that or the other thing… those checks cashed just fine. He had no issue then. But now he wants to be progressive? Come on man.”
“I don’t know if Peter Dinklage is still acting or if he is done now but I don’t know… it’s pretty selfish. People came before him. If it is his mindset that he wants to be the only one then you gotta grow up man. It’s not helping our community it’s taking jobs away from our community that are very few and far between as it is.”
“We are in a society and a time of woke and progression and I get that – to an extent- but this is a fairytale. This is a fairytale about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Dwarves are one of the focuses – they are literally in the title.”
Hornswoggle spoke about his own experience in WWE and how if the company hadn’t been looking for a leprechaun character then he wouldn’t have got to live his dream:
“When I grew up, all I wanted to do is be a professional wrestler and work for WWE. When I was 19 years old, they were casting for a leprechaun: a person of my stature to be on-air talent. I could never in a million years have gotten a job with WWE as one of their main superstars, I am not six foot, I’m not 250 pounds, but this role as the leprechaun was made for me.”“For 10 years I got to live my absolute childhood dream as Hornswoggle the leprechaun on WWE. If a dwarf just dreams of being an actor and in a Disney film then this role is made for them. You’re taking these roles of not just one but seven little people away because you feel like we have to make progression?”
Postl finished by reminding everyone that the dwarves in the story of Snow White are the heroes and he says he’d be more than happy to play one of the roles in the film:
“It’s so stupid, it’s just dumb. You’re doing worse for the community than better. The story is now “Snow White and the Seven Normal Sized People.” It’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”
“Also, they all each have their own individual characteristics, they look after Snow White, they’re the heroes. This is a good thing! To be in a remake of one of the biggest fairytales, biggest Disney stories of all time, would be enormous. I know me and six other little people who would love this role. Disney – call me. This would be a dream role for me. I am begging for one.”