Monday, November 29, 2010

Extra claims she was rejected for Hobbit role for looking 'too brown'

British woman of Pakistani origin allegedly refused part in Lord of the Rings prequel for not being light-skinned enough

A British woman of Pakistani origin was allegedly turned away from auditions for Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit in New Zealand on the foundation that she was not white enough.

Naz Humphreys, who is 5ft tall, had travelled to Hamilton from Auckland last Tuesday in the hope of securing an additional role on Peter Jackson's forthcoming two-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy tale. However, according to the Waikato Times, she was told after a three-hour wait that her skin tone made it improbable she would be cast.

It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated next to because I have brown skin, Ms Humphreys told the Waikato Times. The casting manager essentially said they weren't having anybody who wasn't pale-skinned.

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