Nobody needs a reason to flee an Adam Sandler film, but nine Native American actors who ditched the set of “The Ridiculous Six” this week had plenty — including being asked to play characters named “Wears No Bra” and “Beaver’s Breath.”
“Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we let it go,” said Loren Anthony, a Navajo actor who worked as an extra on the film, to The Associated Press on Thursday. “Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women.”
Sandler, star of “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” co-wrote the script, which allegedly includes scenes of an Apache woman urinating while smoking a peace pipe and teepees covered in chicken feathers.
“The Ridiculous Six,” a spoof of “The Magnificent Seven,” is being produced for Netflix, which said the Native American actors just didn’t the jokes, which, incidentally, involved making them look like idiots.
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke,” a Netflix representative told The Daily Beast.
The actors, who bolted from the Santa Fe, N.M., set on Wednesday, could be forgiven for doubting Sandler’s skills at nuanced satire.
His film “50 First Dates” featured Pacifica native Rob Schneider as a coconut-bra-wearing Hawaiian stereotype; “Jack and Jill” — which won Sandler both worst actor and worst actress at the 2012 Golden Raspberry Awards — included a caricature of a Mexican gardener.
Actor Goldie Tom told The AP that producers told the group, including the film’s Native American adviser, to leave if they felt offended and that script changes were not up for debate.
“This just shows that Hollywood has not changed at all,” Tom said.
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