Anne Hathaway has a message for her fans.
The 37-year-old Oscar winner recently starred in HBO Max’s adaptation of “The Witches” as Grand High Witch, which in this iteration has physical characteristics similar to animals.
One trait in particular – hands resembling bird feet and only having three fingers on each hand – irritated many.
The membership differences community has spoken out, saying using such a trait to make Hathaway’s character appear non-human was problematic.
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Now, the actress has taken the floor, sharing a video produced by Lucky Fin Project on Instagram, which featured people with differences in limbs stating that they “won’t get stung.”
“I recently learned that many people with different limbs, especially children, suffer because of the portrayal of the great witch in The Witches,” Hathaway wrote in the caption. “Let me start by saying that I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others, not out of fear of jamming PCs, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency. that we should all be looking for.
The star said she “believed in inclusiveness and really, really hated cruelty,” and apologized “for the pain caused” by the way the character was portrayed.
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” I’m sorry. I did not connect the limb difference with the GHW when the character gaze was presented to me; if I had, I assure you it would never have happened, ”the actress said. “I especially want to say that I am sorry for the children who have different limbs: now that I know better, I promise I will do better. ”
Then came a “special apology” to the families of people with different memberships.
“I’m sorry I let your family down,” she said.
Warner Bros., which owns HBO Max, expressed similar sentiments in a statement obtained by Variety, in which the studio said they were “deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of the fictional characters in ‘The Witches’ could be upsetting. disabled people. ”
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The statement continued, “By adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new take on the cat-shaped claws that are depicted in the book,” the statement reads. “It was never the intention of viewers. to feel that fantastic, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. We hope families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this stimulating and loving theme. ”
“The Witches” is based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel of the same name. A 1990 film adaptation of the book saw Anjelica Huston play the same role, but with all her fingers.
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Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock also appear in the 2020 film.