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Jonah Hauer-King Defended Halle Bailey In A Recent Interview And Yeah, That's MY Prince Eric
"They became more and more ridiculous the more I worked with her, the more I realized how incredible she was and how born she was for the role."by Dannica Ramirez
Jonah Hauer-King, who plays the charming Prince Eric from Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid, recently revealed in a new interview with Square Mile some of his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Halle Bailey being cast as Ariel.
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When asked about the racist backlash surrounding Disney's initial announcement that Halle Bailey would take on role of the iconic red-haired mermaid, Jonah noted how the positive reactions outshined the negative ones.
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The 28-year-old English actor said, "[The negative critiques] became more and more ridiculous the more I worked with her, the more I realized how incredible she was and how born she was for the role."
Disney's animated The Little Mermaid (1989) was based off of Hans Christian Andersen's 19th century story, and Jonah addressed those who were upset about the remake's "accuracy."
"It’s fascinating that people didn’t mind all of the changes that were made from [the original story]," he said.
"In that version, Ariel kills herself, I believe. Becomes a sort of air spirit and goes off with the angels. It’s an incredibly sad, dark, moving story. Quite different to the cartoon."
Halle and Jonah aren't afraid to show off their loving friendship with each other, and Jonah was quick to praise his co-star in the interview: "I was so impressed that [Halle] deals with everything with such graciousness and elegance."
The duo appear to be very close onscreen and off, and it makes a lot of sense considering the amazing chemistry they have together.
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