Two dwarf actors were divided over the issue of tall people taking their roles in today’s This Morning debate.
This comes after a Shrek the Musical production caused controversy earlier this week after a 6ft actor was cast in the role of ‘vertically challenged’ Lord Farquaad.
Deano Whatton argued that it is "discrimination" and dwarves were having opportunities taken away from them.
He believes it "destroys the magic",will confuse children and could encourage people to get on their knees to mock him.
However, James Lusted claimed it was PC gone mad and joked that "life is too short" to worry about it.
Two actors were debating whether tall people taking dwarf roles was ‘discrimination’
One theatre goer was fuming that Lord Farquaad was not played by a dwarf
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The debate hit the headlines when a theatre-goer was so “appalled” by the casting he pledged to boycott the Theatre Royal in Plymouth as he felt smaller people were being “frozen out” of acting jobs.
Deano said: "I think it devalues our ability to be actors. I’ve been in the business for 17 years. To see someone portray a dwarf role takes away our opportunities in life of being an actor. I don’t think it’s right really.
"If you took your children to see Snow White and they saw seven men of average height playing dwarves, kids would be confused and it destroys the magic."
Deano said dwarfs were losing acting opportunities
Both put forward strong arguments
Hitting back, James argued that it was a "comic" performance and that, being "realistic", a dwarf actor would not be able to do some of the moves incorporated in the role.
He said: "I think discrimination is a very strong word. We get a bit too PC in today’s society. I’m probably the least offended person you’ll meet. I’ve accepted how I am. I’m living the dream.
"We get caught up on some things. We get too offended. There’s big problems in the world. Let’s accept the way we are live life to the full and live the dream.
"To me if they’re not a dwarf they can’t have such to say about that. I understand both sides of the argument but think we get caught up on silly little things, pardon the pun. Life’s too short, pardon the pun."
The public seemed to be on James’ side
Most This Morning viewers backed James for saying this was not a major issue.
One viewer said: "Best thing I’ve heard ever from the guys on #thismorning ‘everything’s getting too PC there are so many more important this going on’ well said"
Another added: "Right……it doesn’t bloody matter whether they’re short or tall as along as an actor can play the part. Can we just flaming stop being so sodding precious!"
A third said: "It doesn’t matter who plays who, panto or theatre has always been known for male playing female and different heights playing different characters.. so should I be offended by males playing a female role?"
*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am
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