Casting Agent for The Hobbit Fired!
While trying to get a role as an extra on Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit , Naz Humphreys was told her skin color would be a problem.
After being told her skin color was "not right" for The Shire by way of Middle Earth, a British Pakistani woman is having the last laugh!
According to the casting agent, "We are looking for light-skinned people. I'm not trying to be... whatever. It's just the brief. You've got to look like a hobbit."
Media outlets picked up the story and ran with it. Any press is good press right? Not for this agent who has reportedly been fired for his comment.
A spokesman for WingNut Films, the production company owned by The Hobbit director Sir Peter Jackson, said that no such instructions had been given to the casting company and described it as an unfortunate error.
"The crew member in question has been dismissed from the show," he said. "It's something we take very seriously."
Says Humphreys of the rejection, "The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned," Ms Humphreys, a social policy researcher, told The Waikato Times.
"It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin."
Look...its middle earth yeah? The shire? I'm sure Google earth can find it for me Right?
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