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Hugh Grant under fire from actor with dwarfism

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George Coppen, a talented actor with dwarfism, has expressed his dissatisfaction with Hugh Grant’s casting as an Oompa Loompa in the upcoming Warner Bros. film, Wonka.

The movie, starring Timothée Chalamet as the titular candymaker, is a prequel to the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Coppen lamented that performers with dwarfism feel marginalized in the industry they love.

He argued that actors like himself should be offered a broader range of roles in dramas and soaps, but those opportunities are not coming their way. Instead, he feels that doors are being closed for actors with dwarfism without the next one being opened.

The controversy stems from the fact that the original 1971 film and the 2005 adaptation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both cast actors with dwarfism to play the beloved Oompa Loompas who work at Wonka’s factory.

However, in Wonka, Hugh Grant’s portrayal of an Oompa Loompa has sparked criticism, as the character appears to be digitally enhanced to appear smaller.

Coppen voiced his concerns about the casting choice, questioning why Grant’s head was digitally enlarged for the role. He expressed frustration over the lack of representation and opportunities for actors with dwarfism in the film industry, calling for more diverse casting in all types of roles.

In defense of the casting decision, director Paul King praised Hugh Grant’s ability to bring a unique and sarcastic charm to the Oompa Loompa character.

However, this has done little to appease the concerns raised by Coppen and others in the dwarfism community.

As Wonka prepares for its release, the controversy surrounding the casting of an actor with average height as an Oompa Loompa serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by actors with dwarfism in an industry that often struggles with inclusivity and representation.

The film features a star-studded cast, including Keegan-Michael Key, Matt Lucas, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, and Olivia Colman, and is set to hit theaters on December 15. Meanwhile, the conversation sparked by Coppen’s critique continues to highlight the importance of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the entertainment industry.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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Can big tech be trusted to use AI ethically?

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Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM announced comprehensive plans to enhance AI safety measures – but is that enough to convince the everyday worker?

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Can big tech be trusted with AI? “The Fall Guy” takes a hard hit, Apple’s Top Ten controversy and a robot performs surgery on a piece of corn.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured

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Biden slams the brakes on EV overcapacity

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President Biden has imposed new tariffs on Chinese EV imports, just as the Chinese EV industry is facing a critical challenge: overcapacity.

The move comes amidst escalating trade tensions between the two economic giants, with repercussions likely to reverberate across the automotive sector.

David Zhang, the China Insider explores this issue and more. #featured #trending

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