A debate has begun about whether it's morally correct for actors to wear fat suits after Emma Thompson wore one to play Trunchbull in the upcoming Matilda musical.
FREDDY QUINNE: I mean, for me personally, it's what actors do. They put on a costume to play a particular role. I mean, if she's upset about this, she's going to be absolutely furious when she finds out the girl that plays Matilda doesn't have magical powers.
- Queen Mojo?
- What do you say to the argument, though, that basically you're taking-- if you put a fat suit on, you're depriving an overweight actor of work.
FREDDY QUINNE: Who? Who's the overweight actor that would have -
QUEEN MOJO: I believe that, yeah. I don't think it's--
FREDDY QUINNE: Go on.
QUEEN MOJO: Oh, go on. Go on. Talk up.
FREDDY QUINNE: Who's the overweight actor that we're depriving of work? I mean, the reason that they cast Emma Thompson is because she's a very experienced character actress that specializes in children's films, which you'd think would be perfect for playing a role like Miss Trunchbull. Surely that is more important than someone just being fat.
- Go on, Mojo.
QUEEN MOJO: You're right. You have some points that she's a good actress. I can't take that away from her. However, when you're plus-size, there's a beauty to that. And when you walk into a room, and when you carry that weight, there's an energy that sometimes actors can bring to that. And I think that that needs to be highlighted. Because if there was someone that was perhaps less able-bodied or had a different gender to us, we represent those on screen.
Why are fat people's bodies not as important to do that? I was absolutely heartbroken watching "Glee," finding out that the person that was playing a role of someone in a wheelchair wasn't actually disabled. Now, I'm able-bodied. So I didn't relate to it. But I just thought, well, that's really disrespectful. Why can't we have true representation through all the different subcategories of people that are discriminated?
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