Rachel Zegler: 'Prince Charming literally stalked Snow White. Weird!'

Actress Rachel Zegler, who plays Snow White in Disney's remake, has angered fans of the story after a video resurfaced in which she refers to Prince Charming as a "stalker".

In an interview with Extra TV filmed in September 2022, Ms Zegler suggested Andrew Burnap's portrayal of the Prince in the new film could be dramatically changed.

"The original cartoon came out in 1937, and very evidently so," she said. "There's a big focus on her love story with a guy who literally stalks her. Weird! Weird! So we didn't do that this time.

"We have a different approach to what I'm sure a lot of people will assume is a love story just because we cast a guy in the movie. All of Andrew's scenes could get cut, who knows? It's Hollywood, baby!"

Her comments angered TalkTV's JJ Anisiobi, who said that unless the essence of the traditional Grimm fairytale narrative was preserved, Disney's changes would leave fans disenchanted.

"Prince Charming is not a stalker," he said. "No-one complained about it, no-one wanted the film to be remade like this. I am against any literature being rewritten and reworked so dramatically.

"It's essentially a different story."

Although rumours of some changes to the film are yet to be confirmed, Disney has announced the seven dwarves will be replaced by a diverse cast of "magical creatures" of different ethnicities and genders.

TalkTV's Afua Hagan expressed doubts that Ms Zegler understood the conventional love story at the heart of the film's original narrative.

She said: "Zegler might have confused the original Snow White story with another version where she gets stalked by the huntsman."

TalkTV's Ian Collins added: "Snow White without the wolves is like Jungle Book without the monkeys."

Snow White is due for release in 2024.

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