White Witch actress comments
Tilda Swinton, who plays the "White Witch" in the Narnia movie, had these comments:
Swinton said, ”I wanted to shake up a kind of idea of what I see as a rather dishonorable Hollywood tradition of giving us villains who look dark, and I thought this was the one to do it with ’cause, apart from everything else, she is the White Witch. I also thought it would be particularly irresponsible at this moment for an American, globally released picture to have a villain who looked either like a Jew or an Arab.”Good thing that Swinton had the idea of making the "White Witch" a white person. Otherwise, goodness knows what the filmmakers might have done. All sorts of ethnic stereotypes about Arabs, no doubt.