In an unfortunate turn of events, it has been revealed that Disney inadvertently cast an adult film star in their highly anticipated live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’. During the casting process, the decision-makers had sought out “really sexy male models” to portray the enchanting mermen in the film. Among the models hired for the role was 24-year-old Stefano Tomadini, who, unbeknownst to the casting team, had also appeared in adult films under the alias Dante Ferrari.
Stefano’s explicit films, for which he reportedly earned up to £1,000 per appearance, are still accessible online, though they require payment to be viewed. This unforeseen revelation has caused a bit of embarrassment for Disney, especially considering that ‘The Little Mermaid’ is a highly anticipated summer blockbuster targeted at young audiences.
According to a source cited by The Sun newspaper, the casting directors had no knowledge of Stefano’s involvement in adult films. The situation has raised eyebrows and led to questions about the vetting process employed by Disney. Given the intended audience and the film’s family-friendly nature, the casting mishap has undoubtedly caused a stir within the entertainment industry.
During the filming of ‘The Little Mermaid’ on location in Sardinia, Stefano took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes photos, some of which were tagged with Disney’s official account. In the captions, he expressed gratitude for the experience, writing, “Lifetime memories with lifetime friends.”
When approached for comment, a spokesperson for Disney declined to address the matter, leaving fans and industry observers speculating about the implications of this unexpected casting choice. Disney’s focus is likely to remain on promoting the film and ensuring that its overall impact is not overshadowed by this casting incident.
Despite this unfortunate blunder, the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’, helmed by director Rob Marshall and starring Halle Bailey in the titular role, has been highly anticipated by fans and industry insiders alike. Disney executives have previously acknowledged the enduring popularity of the original animated film and expressed their excitement about bringing this beloved classic to life for a new generation of viewers.
Tony Chambers, the head of distribution at Disney, described ‘The Little Mermaid’ as a “classic” that holds a special place in the hearts of many. For numerous individuals, particularly those in Chambers’ age group, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ rank among their favorite animated movies, evoking cherished childhood memories. The live-action remake is seen as a golden opportunity to pass on that love and nostalgia to the next generation of moviegoers.
While the accidental casting of an adult film star may have caused a temporary setback, the anticipation and love surrounding ‘The Little Mermaid’ remain undiminished. Fans eagerly await its release, hoping that the film will capture the magic and enchantment that made the original animated version such a timeless classic.
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