After reports that Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s Netflix film, The Ridiculous Six, over the depiction of their characters, video has surfaced showing the actors expressing their concerns to the film’s producers.
The video, posted by Indian Country Today, which also reported the walk-offs, depicts one of the film’s producers saying, “We don’t want to offend anyone,” but that they’re not going to change what they have planned for the movie. The actors “shouldn’t be in the movie” if they’re “overly sensitive” about the film’s depiction of Native Americans, he says.
Another producer tells the actors that the script is depicting the Native Americans as the good guys and that Adam Sandler’s character loves them. The first producer also chimes in and says that Sandler’s character is the “hero.”
“That’s an insult to start with, but we were willing to laugh about it,” one of the actors says in response, as the second producer explains that the Native Americans are not the group the movie is really mocking.
The film has at least one public defender: rapper Vanilla Ice, who plays Mark Twain in the film. Ice, who says he is part Choctaw and sees both sides, spoke to TMZ about the actors walking off.
“It’s a comedy, I don’t think anybody had ill feelings or intent or anything,” he said. “This movie isn’t Dancing With Wolves, it’s comedy.”