Load Of Codswallop
Oompa loompa doompety doo, I've got a brand new blog for you.
Oompa loompa doompety dee, if you are wise you'll listen to me.
So the new Wonka film came out recently, and there’s something that’s been getting the people talking - and quite frankly, this one doesn’t sit right with me. There are people out there, claiming that the Oompa-Loompa role, which Hugh Grant played brilliantly by the way, should only be played by people with dwarfism. I’ll be honest with you, I think this is a load of codswallop.#
The story of Willy Wonka is all about fantasy and fascination, hence the famous song ‘Pure Imagination’ from the first film adaption. I mean, we’re talking about chocolates that make you fly, turn you into blueberries and make you grow an inch of hair a second! Not just that, the Oompa-Loompas aren’t even humans, they are some magical beings with an unknown origin. And yet, here we are arguing over what gives people the right to play them.
When an actor takes on a role, they morph into the character they are playing. If someone is able to play the role well and capture what it means to be an Oompa-Loompa, then let them have a shot. Casting should be judged based on the quality of the acting, nothing more. It’s not about fitting the mould, it’s about creating the mould. You can quote Lord Ping on that.
Now, if we’re talking about a role where the character is a real person with dwarfism, it would make no sense to cast someone who doesn’t fall under that category. But they are not the same as Oompa Loompas!
I’m not by any means saying the role cannot go to someone with dwarfism, but it also shouldn’t only be reserved for them. Luckily, we have CGI now which can make anything look real. The technology these days still baffles me. How they were able to shrink Hugh Grant and make him look like a realistic Oompa-Loompa I have no idea, but he looked top quality. Hugh himself did a great job too, probably better than most actors out there.
So, to those people who are preaching about Oompa-Loompa casting criteria, do us all a favour and focus on the real issues. This is an imaginary world, and there are more important battles to fight than worrying about the height of the actors playing imaginary chocolate factory workers. Let's keep things in perspective, shall we?
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