Loren Anthony on set of “Ridiculous Six” – Photo from Instagram – Loren Anthony
Tells “Variety” Netflix had His Back the Whole Time
Published December 2, 2015
LOS ANGELES—Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” premiered in Los Angeles on Monday night. This came despite the film’s criticism by a group of American Indian actors who walked off its set in late April because they certain parts of the film were insulting to American Indians.
“The Ridiculous Six” is Sandler’s first production for a multi-move deal he signed with movie-giant Netflix. “The Ridiculous Six” is a satire to the 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” Hollywood-western.
Seemingly unfazed by the actors’ walk off, Sandler praised Netflix “Variety” after Monday’s premiere saying “they were supportive, [they] had my back the whole time.”
“We were just trying to make as good of a western as we could make and we tried to make it as funny as we could make it,” Sandler said.
The Native actors who walked off the set in April were upset with the demeaning portrayal of Native women and how the movie producers were insensitive to tribal usage of feathers.
“At first I was glad to be part of the movie because it is about Apaches, who are like cousins to us (Navajo), but then I noticed things were not right about how Apaches were depicted,” Loren Anthony (Navajo) told Native News Online in April.
“For one thing, the costumes we were given to wear were more like what Plains Indians wear, not Apache. Then the way feathers were desecrated on the set made me sick to the stomach literally. I was brought up by my elders to respect feathers. The movie crew paid no respect to the feathers.”
“The Ridiculous Six,” which is scheduled to be released worldwide via Netflex on December 11.