Rachel Zegler – the star actress in the live-action remake of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – has once again made eye-raising comments about the upcoming Disney remake of the classic animated film.
In an attempt to promote the “Snow White” remake that is set to be released in March 2024, Zegler called Prince Charming a “stalker.”
“The original cartoon came out in 1937, and very evidently so,” Zegler said. “There’s a big focus on her love story with a guy who literally stalks her. Weird. Weird. So we didn’t do that this time.”
“We have a different approach to what I’m sure a lot of people will assume is a love story just because we like cast a guy in the movie,” the 22-year-old actress added.
“It’s one of those things that I think that everyone is gonna have their assumptions about what it’s actually gonna be,” she continued. “It’s really not about the love story at all, which is really, really wonderful.”
Zegler suggested that all of her male co-star’s scenes could be completely cut from the film. Andrew Burnap plays Prince Charming in the new “Snow White.”
This is not the first time that Zegler has made off-putting remarks when trying to promote the remake of the Disney classic.
“I just mean that it’s no longer 1937,” Zegler said in a previous interview while laughing. “And we absolutely wrote a ‘Snow White,’ that is, she’s not going to be saved by the prince and she’s not going to be dreaming about true love.”
“She’s dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be and the leader that her late father told her that she could be if she was fearless, fair, brave, and true,” Zegler said of her character. “So it’s just a really incredible story for young people everywhere to see themselves in.”
Regarding accusations of turning the remake into a woke version, Zegler said in October 2022, “People are making these jokes about ours being the PC ‘Snow White,’ where it’s like, yeah, it is — because it needed that. It’s an 85-year-old cartoon, and our version is a refreshing story about a young woman who has a function beyond ‘Someday My Prince Will Come.'”
Zegler declared in another interview, “The cartoon was made 85 years ago, and therefore it’s extremely dated when it comes to the ideas of women being in roles of power and what a woman is fit for in the world.”
“And so when we came to reimagining the actual role of Snow White, it came about that the fairest of them all, meaning who is the most just, and who can become a fantastic leader,” Zegler added.
Gal Gadot – who plays the Evil Queen in the new “Snow White” movie – chimed in by saying, “Also the fact that she’s not going to be saved by the prince, and she’s the proactive one, and she’s the one who sets the terms, is what makes it so relevant to where we are today.”
Despite being months away from being released, Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” has been hampered by controversies.
The Walt Disney Company was caught in a controversy regarding actual photos of the dwarfs from the production of the movie leaked, which Disney officials initially described images as “fake” after outrage.
Disney was also criticized for casting a Hispanic actress in the role of Snow White from the German fairy tale.
In June, an analysis found that Disney has lost nearly $900 million at the box office in recent movies.
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