Market Failure in Dwarf Actors


I leave the state solution as an exercise for more professional Planners, but note that filming of the new Dr. Who series is apparently stymied by a lack of available dwarf actors, all currently playing as either Oompa-Loompas in the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the new Tim Burton-directed, Johnny Depp-starring film is returning to the title of the Roald Dahl novel, not the first film, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) or the staff of Gringotts Bank in the latest Harry Potter flick.

While I love the ol' Doctor, I must say I'd sacrifice him for a while to enjoy this new Chocolate Factory. Revisiting the original Willie Wonka, I was re-amused by the absurd imbalance in the children's sins–general bossy greed and gluttonous sloth are apparently equal to the very specific behavioral problems of TV-watching and gum-chewing. I imagine the new one will re-imagine the personality flaws that bring the kids to doom, and hopefully in non-obvious ways (that is, not just Mike Teevee becoming Mike Videogame….). And I hope it plays more with the obvious Wonka-as-God trope. (After all, Charlie sinned just as the others did, and only chance allowed him his opportunity for redemptive grace, granted by Wonka not so much, as I see it, because it was earned through works–unless burping counts–but through Mystery. Arguments: Did Charlie truly deserve to be Saved, and why? welcome.)

[Link via Rational Review.]