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Anne Hathaway Apologizes to Those with Limb Differences for 'The Witches' Portrayal

Anne Hathaway is issuing an apology for her character’s hands in HBO Max’s The Witches revival.

If you don’t know, the witches appear in the new adaptation with three-fingered hands, similar to the limb abnormality ectrodactyly, otherwise known as “split hand.” However, the witches in Roald Dahl’s original book are described as having “claws instead of fingernails.” An illustration on the first edition cover also shows them having all five fingers.

“I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches,” Anne posted on Instagram. “Let me begin by saying I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for. As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused. I am sorry. I did not connect limb difference with the [Grand High Witch] when the look of the character was brought to me; if I had, I assure you this never would have happened.”

She continued, “I particularly want to say I’m sorry to kids with limb differences: now that I know better I promise I’ll do better. And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids: I’m sorry I let your family down.”

“If you aren’t already familiar, please check out the @Lucky_Fin_Project (video above) and the #NotAWitch hashtag to get a more inclusive and necessary perspective on limb difference,” Anne added.

Warner Bros. also released a statement in response to the backlash.

'The Witches' Gets Backlash From Disabled Community & Studio Responds

The Witches is getting some backlash.

The Robert Zemeckis-directed, Anne Hathaway-starring film sparked outrage from the disabled community, including British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren, for its depiction of the witches.

“Warner Bros, was there much thought given as to how this representation of limb differences would effect the limb difference community?” she wrote on Twitter.

The witches appear in the new adaptation with three-fingered hands, similar to the limb abnormality ectrodactyly, otherwise known as “split hand.” However, the witches in Roald Dahl’s original book are described as having “claws instead of fingernails.” An illustration on the first edition cover also shows them having all five fingers.

Disability advocate Shannon Crossland also spoke out: “Is this the kind of message we want the next generation to receive? That having three fingers is a witch’s attribute? It is an extremely damaging portrayal. Disability should not be associated with evil, abnormality, disgust, fear, or monsters.”

A Warner Bros. spokesperson issued a statement in reaction to the backlash, saying they were “deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities” and “regretted any offense caused. In adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book. It was never the intention for viewers to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them.”

Find out more about The Witches, and watch the trailer.

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Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain to Reunite to Play Rival Housewives in 'Mothers' Instinct' Movie

Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain will be reuniting on screen!

The award-winning actresses will be starring in the upcoming movie Mothers’ Instinct, according to Deadline. They previously worked together on the 2014 Christopher Nolan movie Interstellar.

Mothers’ Instinct is a psychological thriller that takes place in the 1960s. It ” will follow best friends and neighbors Alice (Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway) who both live an idyllic traditional lifestyle with manicured lawns, successful husbands and sons of the same age. Life’s perfect harmony is suddenly shattered after a tragic accident. Guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to unravel their sisterly bond and a psychological battle of wills begins as the maternal instinct reveals its darker side.”

The movie is a remake of the 2018 Belgian movie Duelles, which was directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. He will also direct the English-language version.

Jessica is producing the movie through her company Freckle Films.

Olivier said in a statement, “It takes actors of Jessica and Anne’s caliber to communicate the intricacy of these two roles. The relationship between a mother and child is the most powerful connection between two human beings. When this bond is severed, it calls into question conventional morality and even sanity. In the behind-closed-doors atmosphere of 1960’s America, Mothers’ Instinct becomes a terrifying, high-pressure powder keg.”

In a new interview, Anne talked about the roles that she wishes she had played.

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Anne Hathaway Reveals the Roles She Wishes She Played - Watch! (Video)

Anne Hathaway has taken on so many iconic roles, but there are more that she wishes she would have played!

The 37-year-old The Devil Wears Prada actress made an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show on Thursday (October 29).

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During the chat, Anne revealed what her boys are dressing up for on Halloween.

“So Jonathan is very into the Cars movie franchise so he is going to be Lightning McQueen, and Adam is going to be Doc Hudson and Jack who is 11 months old is climbing on everything, so he is going to be a monkey. And I am going to be holding him all night so I am going to be a tree,” she explained.

She also discussed the roles she wished she could play.

“In terms of roles that I think have come and gone because I’m not sure, well to be honest…I think there are probably people it’s their time more than my time, I wish that I played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and I wish I played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady,” she said.

In case you missed it, here’s the first time she revealed her 11-month-old son’s name!

Anne Hathaway Reveals 11-Month-Old Son's Name!

Anne Hathaway has confirmed her 11-month-old baby boy’s name: Jack!

The Oscar winner spoke revealed the news while promoting her new movie The Witches.

“Now I have a beautiful almost-11-month-old boy, but I was pregnant when I made The Witches, so technically he’s all over that performance,” Anne said during an appearance on Live! with Kelly & Ryan. She told a story about what happened with costume designer Joanna Johnston.

“She goes, ‘I really want you to have a really tight waist.’ And I had just found out that I was pregnant and I was like, ‘Mmm, no. No, I don’t think so. No,’” she continued. “And she was like, ‘Well, why?’ And I was like, ‘Eh, you know, I just know myself.’ I’m scrambling for a reason.”

“And I’m like, ‘I just know myself and I know that I won’t be as free. I won’t be as free if I’m constrained around my middle, so we just better make everything very loose,’” Anne added.

She then revealed her son’s name by talking about how Jonathan Rosebanks, 4, is getting along with his younger brother. “Now Jack‘s big enough to wrestle with, and that’s brought a new element to their relationship that’s really cute.” Anne and her husband Adam Shulman welcomed their son last year.

Find out how you can watch Anne’s new movie The Witches.

'The Witches,' Starring Anne Hathaway, Will Skip Theaters & Launch on HBO Max This Month

The highly anticipated remake of The Witches was supposed to hit theaters this month, but the movie will be released on HBO Max instead!

Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci star in director Robert Zemeckis‘ fantasy adventure based on the classic story by Roald Dahl.

The Witches tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.

Also starring in the movie are Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Rock, and Codie-Lei Eastick. The screenplay was written by Zemeckis with Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

The movie will start streaming on HBO Max on October 22. Watch the trailer below!

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Rom-Com Heist Movie 'Lockdown'

Anne Hathaway has a fun, new movie in the works!

The 37-year-old actress has signed on to star in the upcoming rom-com, heist movie titled Lockdown.

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“The genre-bender will take place literally during the coronavirus-fueled lockdown, and will start filming literally during the coronavirus-fueled lockdown (the end of September, unless we all start getting much luckier),” Collider reports.

Doug Liman will be directing the movie, with Steven Knight writing the script.

Anne is also set to star in a movie with some fellow A-listers that is described as a “big-hearted coming-of-age story.” Find out more about it!