Paul King defends Hugh Grant's Wonka casting as Oompa-Loompa after criticism

'Wonka' director Paul King has defended the decision to cast Hugh Grant as an Oompa-Loompa.

The 63-year-old actor portrays the diminutive Lofty in the origin story for Roald Dahl's famous 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' character and the filmmaker felt that the 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' star fitted the part despite criticism that an actor with dwarfism was not cast.

Paul told BBC News: "Dahl describes (the Oompa-Loompas) as no higher than my knee or about the size of a medium size doll.

"We tried to use the iconic look that they came up with in the 1971 movie with the green hair and the orange skin, and merge that with the way Dahl described them, in a way I think they may have done, had they had the technology we have today."

Grant's role was questioned earlier this year by George Coppen, an actor with dwarfism, who felt that the part should have gone to a performer with the condition because of the limited number of roles available to them.

He told the BBC: "A lot of actors [with dwarfism] feel like we are being pushed out of the industry we love.