Emma Thompson sparks heated debate over wearing Matilda Fat Suit

Emma Thompson sparks heated debate over wearing Matilda Fat Suit

Behold: GMB debates the merits of Emma Thompson wearing a fat suit for Matilda

Emma Thompson has received backlash for wearing a prosthetic fat suit in a new musical adaptation by Roald Dahls Mathilde.

In the newly released trailer for Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahlthe love actually Star is unrecognizable as Agatha Trunchbull, the cruel headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School.

In a segment on GMB, comedian Freddy Quinne went head-to-head with the star of Peckham’s finestqueen mojo

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

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

Mojo said being overweight can be a “difficult experience” that a fat suit can’t reproduce, while Quinne argued that casting an experienced actress like Thompson “who specializes in children’s films” for the role should be a priority and not the setting due to the size.

He also pointed out that Trunchbull was a fictional character and compared her to Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a magician. He added: “For me personally, that’s what actors do. They put on a costume to play a specific role.”

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When host Richard Madeley questioned the argument that the fat suit could take work out of an overweight actor, Mojo replied, “Why can’t we represent all the different subcategories? [As Thompson is not overweight, she’s] not bear the extra pain of why she is so big…”

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

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

Metro columnist Emmie Harrison-West started the original debate on Twitter by pointing out that Thompson has often donned fat suits in films, including her role as Karen in love actually.

She wrote: “Fat suits have become so normalized that some people probably haven’t even noticed – and it’s so frustrating…

“You know, the probably size 12, ‘frumpy’, middle-aged woman wearing comfy shoes and a floor-length skirt who was inevitably betrayed?

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

Others repeated their opinions online.

“Really disheartening to see such a beautiful woman having to take such action for a role,” one wrote.

“Honestly, I thought we were becoming more advanced as a society. But that’s only backwards. So disgusting.”

Emma Thompson opens up about her career and her new role in Matilda The Musical on Late Night With Seth Myers (Getty) last week

Emma Thompson opens up about her career and her new role in Matilda The Musical on Late Night With Seth Myers (Getty) last week

While another wrote: “I can’t believe anyone would agree to putting a skinny person in this costume for the musical Matilda. The original was fatphobic enough, but now they 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, bring it on… Come on folks. Things are getting really crazy. It’s acting.”

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

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical.  (Sony Pictures)

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. (Sony Pictures)

Thompson did not respond to the criticism.

The original Roald Dahl character is described as a muscular female former Olympic hammer thrower with a “bull neck, big shoulders, thick arms and strong legs”.

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

“Really disheartening to see such a beautiful woman having to take such action for a role,” reiterated another.

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

Bond star Lashana Lynch to star in Miss Honey (Sony Pictures)

“Either hire a fat actor (they exist! Really! They could even have A-list careers if you actually cast them in fat roles instead of giving them to skinny actors with bad makeup!) or just make Trunchbull skinny anyway stereotypical fat roll,” suggested someone else.

While a fourth shared: “Honestly I thought we were becoming more progressive as a society. But that’s only backwards. So disgusting.”

Thompson has yet to respond to the criticism.

Matilda The Musical hits UK cinemas on December 2nd.

Watch: New trailer for Matilda The Musical

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