A photo of Emma Thompson as Agatha Trunchbull in the upcoming remake of matilda has sparked an online debate about whether actors should continue to use so-called fat suits in films.
Matilda the MusicalWhich is set to be released by Netflix this year, offers a modern spin on the 1996 classic film, as well as twisting elements from Tim Minchin’s 2011 London stage production, punctuating the story with songs.
When Netflix recently unveiled the first trailer for the production, Thompson was barely recognizable, sporting a prosthetic nose and poorly worn teeth as Miss Trunchbull, the sinister headmistress of Cranchem Hall Primary School.
Thompson also appeared fuller-figure than usual, prompting journalist Emmy Harrison-West to write an op-ed for a UK newspaper. Metro Title: “Do We Really Need Another Skinny Actress in a Fat Suit?”
Harrison-West wrote that such suits have become so commonplace over the years that “some people might not even notice—and that’s very disappointing.”
The author went on to state that this is not Thompson’s first attempt at donning a prosthesis to alter his appearance, for which he has sported “fake bingo wings and jowls”. The Legend of Barney Thomson and to add to its frame really love,
She further wrote that “It hurts to see skinny actresses in fat suits. It’s fatphobic and it proves again that plus size women have to work hard to get recognized for jobs that don’t seem like theirs. Should be
He said Amy Adams, Courteney Cox, Renee Zellweger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Mila Kunis and Sarah Paulson are also guilty of making themselves look bigger with prosthetics.
She concluded: “It’s so disgraceful to ignore the countless talented actors in the plus-size community in favor of skinny guys.”
on Monday, Metro shared excerpts from the article on Twitter, where debate soon raged on whether actors should continue to wear such prosthetics in films.
Comedian Guy Branum, reacting to op-ed tweeted: “I love Emma Thompson so much, but it was so weird for her to see her on a talk show about body acceptance good luck to you, leo grande then make jokes about how gross his fat suit character is matilda Is.”
As well as taking the side of the article’s author, another Twitter user commented: “Fat actresses exist. They want work. Instead, they hire thin people and make them look fat. It doesn’t make any sense.”
However, another pointed out that while they did not necessarily disagree with the author that Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferriss in the original film, was the best choice to portray the message, the description was given.
“I agree with a lot of the sentiment in this article, however, Trunchbull is the worst example to prove that point,” he said. Told, “He’s not thick plus-size, he’s Olympic class shot-put/javelin/hammer throws plus size. He’s a tank.
“Anyone playing the role of Trunchbull must be in a tank or body suit that gives the actor a very specific body shape. Trunchbull has always been portrayed as being. Trunchbull’s size is never part of the joke, nor He’s a sexist character (it’s a Roald Dahl book). However, he has to have big, scary muscles.”
“But he’s not the same character as Tom Cruise Tropic Thunder either meet the clump,” he continued. “Those are the uses of thick suits and plus-size bodies that should be abandoned in past decades.
“Emma Thompson, chosen for her acting prowess, to play a large character whose size is not played for laughs, nor is it actually thematically [relevant] to the plot, but an essential part of the aesthetics of the characters, is not really the same as the other examples in this article.”
Irish TV producer Maïa Dunphy also described the villainous character as “almost super-human”, alluding to Miss Trunchbull’s physique and physical strength.
“Ah. This is getting ridiculous,” Dunphy wrote, “And for balance, [Trunchbull] Never (as I remember) described as ‘fat’. He is like a bull. He is super-strong and almost super-human. She could tear the phone book in half. He is a fantasy character designed like a phone box.
“Anyone who plays trenchball as described in the book will need prosthetics (and probably a bit of CGI too). He’s a bull!”
Amy Elkon, author of Syndicated Advice column ask advice goddesscounted herself among opponents of the article, stating that Miss Trunchbull’s features, like those of many other Roald Dahl characters, are exaggerated.
“Emma Thompson’s character is perfect for the f******* work it’s based on!” alcano noted, “Roald Dahl described Trunchbull as ‘a gigantic sacred terror, a fiercely tyrannical monster who terrified the lives of students and teachers alike.
After sharing a link to an example of the famous character on the Roald Dahl website, Alcon said: “There was ‘Me Decade.’ It appears to be ‘It’s All About Me Century’.
“Guess what: It doesn’t happen often. Dahl is responsible for Willy Wonka, James and the Giant Peach, and countless other cartoonish characters. Cartoons are exaggerated – or they are boring. No. about. You.”
newsweek Thompson and Netflix representatives have been contacted for comment.
In the upcoming film, Alisha Weir plays Titanic, while Lashana Lynch plays the inspirational teacher Miss Honey.
The plot follows Matilda Wormwood, a beloved child who is misunderstood both at school and at home. Adopting the world of books, she soon develops mystical powers.
On its website, Netflix says that the film “tells the story of an extraordinary girl, with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand to transform her story with miraculous results.”
Matilda the Musical The film is set to release in the US and Canada on December 2, the same day the film will be unveiled in UK cinemas.