Emma Thompson sparks heated debate over wearing a fat Matilda suit

Emma Thompson sparks heated debate over wearing a fat Matilda suit

Watch: GMB Debates Merits Of Emma Thompson Wearing A Fat Suit For Matilda

Emma Thompson Has Received Criticism For Wearing A Prosthetic Suit In A New Roald Dahl Musical Adaptation Matilda.

In the newly released trailer for Matilda The Musical by Roald DahlThe I really love The star is unrecognizable as Agatha Trunchbull, the cruel principal of Crunchem Hall Primary School.

In a segment on GMB, comedian Freddy Quinne faced off with the star of The best of PeckhamQueen Mojo.

Emma Thompson as Agatha Trunchbull in Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical.  (Sony photos)

Emma Thompson as Agatha Trunchbull in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical was criticized for wearing a fat suit (Sony Pictures)

Mojo said being overweight can be a ‘difficult experience’ that a fat suit can’t replicate, while Quinne argued that casting a seasoned actress like Thompson, ‘who specializes in children’s movies’ in the role, should be the priority and not hire with. based on size.

He also pointed out that Trunchbull is a fictional character and compared him to Daniel Radcliffe playing a wizard. He added: “Personally, for me it’s what actors do. They wear a costume to play a specific role.”

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When presenter Richard Madeley asked about the argument that the fat suit could be depriving an overweight actor of work, Mojo replied, “Why can’t we have representation in all the different subcategories? [As Thompson is not overweight, she’s] not carrying the extra pain of why she’s so big…”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Actress Emma Thompson attends the premiere of

Emma Thompson at the premiere of Good luck to you, Big Leo during the Tribeca Festival 2022. (Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)

Metro columnist Emmie Harrison-West kicked off the original debate on Twitter by pointing out the many times Thompson has worn fat suits in movies, including her role as Karen in I really love.

She wrote: “Fat suits have been so normalized that some people probably didn’t even notice – and that’s what’s so frustrating…

“You know, the presumably size 16, ‘clumsy’ middle-aged wife with comfortable shoes and floor-length skirt who was inevitably cheated on?

“As a larger woman, I find this caricature of my body type utterly dehumanizing and degrading. It is not ethical, authentic or representative of any lived experience.”

Others echoed his sentiment online.

“Really disheartening to see such a beautiful woman having to go through such steps for a role,” wrote one.

“Honestly, I thought we were getting more progressive as a society. But this is just a throwback. So awful.”

Emma Thompson Discusses Her Career And Her New Role In Matilda The Musical With Late Night With Seth Myers Last Week (Getty)

Emma Thompson Discusses Her Career And Her New Role In Matilda The Musical With Late Night With Seth Myers Last Week (Getty)

While another wrote: “I can’t believe anyone would agree to put a skinny person in this costume for Matilda the musical. The original was fat-phobic enough, but now they’ve put Emma Thompson in a fat suit.”

However, many fans were quick to defend the actress.

One said, “If Emma Thompson wants to wear a fat suit and be Mrs. Trunchball, come on… Come on guys. Things are getting really crazy. It’s acting.”

Another wrote: “It’s acting – the art or occupation of playing fictional roles in plays, movies or television… #GMB why is this a debate? Nothing wrong with Emma Thompson wearing a fat suit to play a character, it’s literally her job!!”

Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl.  (Sony photos)

Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl. (Sony photos)

Thompson did not respond to the criticism.

Roald Dahl’s original character is described as a muscular female ex-Olympic hammer thrower with a ‘bull neck, big shoulders, thick arms and powerful legs’.

In light of this, fans have also argued in Thompson’s defense that the remake shows her in a muscle outfit to give her the “formidable” presence.

“Really disheartening to see such a beautiful woman having to go through such steps for a role,” echoed another.

Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey in Roald Dah's Matilda the Musical.  (Sony photos)

Bond star Lashana Lynch stars as Miss Honey in the film (Sony Pictures)

“Or hire a fat actor (they exist! Seriously! They could even have top-notch careers if you actually cast them in fat roles instead of handing them over to skinny actors with bad makeup!) stereotypical fat role anyway,” someone suggested.

While a quarter shared, “Honestly, I thought we were getting more progressive as a society. But this is just a throwback. So awful.”

Thompson has yet to respond to the criticism.

Matilda the music will be released in UK cinemas on December 2nd.

Watch: New trailer for Matilda The Musical

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