November 30th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
Apparently discrimination exists even in the world of men with furry feet.
A casting agent for the upcoming film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was dismissed on Monday after placing advertisements calling for extras with "light skin tones," reports the New York Times.
According to the newspaper, one actress was turned away after being told she was too dark to appear in the film. “The casting manager basically said they weren’t having anybody who wasn’t pale-skinned,” she says.
But a spokesperson for "Hobbit" producer/director Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films has since made it clear that the company never intended the auditions to be restricted in terms of skin tone.
“No such instructions were given,” the spokesman said. “The crew member in question took it upon themselves to do that and it’s not something we instructed or condoned.”
The two-part "Hobbit" saga is set to begin shooting in February, with the first of the films set to hit theaters in 2012.
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