Emma Thompson Photos Spark Debate About ‘Big Suits’ In Movies


A photo of Emma Thompson as Agatha Trunchbull in the upcoming remake of Matilda sparked an online debate over whether actors should continue to use so-called big suits in movies.

Mathilde the musicaldue out this year on Netflix, offers a modern take on the classic 1996 film, while incorporating elements from Tim Minchin’s 2011 London theatrical production, punctuating the script with songs.

When Netflix recently unveiled the first trailer for the production, Thompson was barely recognizable, sporting a prosthetic nose and more worn teeth than the creepy principal of Crunchem Hall Primary School, Miss Trunchbull.

Thompson also appeared more comprehensive than usual, prompting journalist Emmie Harrison-West to write an op-ed for a British newspaper. Subway titled: “Do We Really Need Another Skinny Actress in a Fat Suit?”

Emma Thompson is pictured principal on June 15, 2022 in New York City. Thompson is depicted inset as Agatha Trunchbull in the upcoming film “Matilda the Musical.” His appearance in the production sparked a debate over whether actors should always wear “big suits” in movies.
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Harrison-West wrote that these costumes have become so standardized over the years that “some people probably haven’t even noticed – and that’s what’s so frustrating”.

The writer went on to say that this wasn’t Thompson’s first foray into wearing prosthetics to alter her appearance, having sported “fake bingo wings and jowls” for a while. The Legend of Barney Thomson and adding to its frame to love in fact.

She went on to write that “seeing thin actresses in big suits hurts. It’s fatphobic and proves, yet again, that tall women have to work harder to be recognized for jobs that should, by right, be theirs.

She added that Amy Adams, Courteney Cox, Renee Zellweger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Mila Kunis and Sarah Paulson are also guilty of getting bigger with prosthetics.

She concluded, “To continue to ignore the countless talented actors in the plus-size community for the benefit of thinner people is so demeaning.”

On Monday, Subway shared snippets of the article on Twitter, where it quickly sparked a debate over whether actors should continue to wear such prosthetics in movies.

Reacting to the podium, comedian Guy Branum tweeted: “I love Emma Thompson so much, but it was so strange to see her make appearances on talk shows about body acceptance for Good luck to you, Leo Grande then make jokes about how rude his fat suit character is in Matilda is.”

Also siding with the author of the article, another Twitter user commented“Big actresses exist. They want jobs. Instead, they hire skinny people and make them look fat. It doesn’t make sense.”

However, another pointed out that while they didn’t necessarily disagree with the writer, Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferris in the original film, was the best choice to illustrate the message, given her description.

“I agree with much of the sentiment expressed in this article, HOWEVER, Trunchbull is the worst example to prove this point,” they said. said. “She’s not a big size, she’s Olympic class in shot put/javelin/hammer throw. She’s a tank.

“Anyone playing Trunchbull must be a tank or wear a costume that gives the actor the very specific body shape that Trunchbull has always been described as having. Trunchbull’s size is never the butt of a joke, nor a character sexualized (it’s a book by Roald Dahl). But she has to be big, scary and muscular.”

“But he’s not a character equivalent to, say, Tom Cruise in Thunder in the tropics Where Meet the Klums“, they continued. “These are uses of body fat and large bodies that should be left over from decades past.

“Emma Thompson, chosen for her acting talent, to play a tall character whose size isn’t played for laughs, nor really thematically [relevant] to the plot, but integral to the character aesthetic, is not quite the same as the other examples in this article.”

Irish TV producer Maïa Dunphy also highlighted Miss Trunchbull’s physique and physical strength, describing the villainous character as “almost superhuman”.

“Sigh. This is getting ridiculous,” Dunphy wrote. “And for the sake of balance, [Trunchbull] is never (as far as I remember) described as “fat”. She is like a bull. She is super strong and almost superhuman. She could rip the phone book in half. He’s a fantastic character built like a phone booth.

“Anyone playing Trunchball as described in the book would need prosthetics (and probably even a little CGI). He’s a beef!”

Amy Alkon, author of a syndicated advice column Seek advice from the goddessalso counted herself among the article’s critics, stating that Miss Trunchbull’s features, like those of so many other Roald Dahl characters, are exaggerated.

“Emma Thompson’s character is just true to the fucking work it’s based on!” Alcon Noted. “Roald Dahl describes TrunchBULL as “a gigantic holy terror, a ferocious tyrannical monster that scared the lives of students and teachers alike.

After sharing a link to an illustration of the famous character on Roald Dahl’s website, Alkon added, “There was the ‘Me Decade’. It seems to be the ‘It’s all about me Century.’

“Guess what: that’s often not the case. Dahl is responsible for Willie Wonka, James and the giant peach, and countless other cartoon characters. Cartoons are EXAGGERATED — or boring. Not. About. You.”

Newsweek has reached out to representatives for Thompson and Netflix for comment.

In the upcoming film, Alisha Weir plays the title character, while Lashana Lynch takes on the role of inspirational teacher Miss Honey.

The plot follows Matilda Wormwood, an adorable child who feels misunderstood both at school and at home. After embracing a world of books, she quickly develops mysterious powers.

On its website, Netflix says the film “tells the story of an extraordinary girl with a wild imagination who dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.”

Mathilde the musical is set to be released in the US and Canada on December 2, the same day the film will be unveiled in UK cinemas.


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