Actor Bryan Cranston slammed for taking disabled-person role

Actor Bryan Cranston slammed for taking disabled-person role

"We live in the world of criticism, if we're willing to get up and try something, we have to also be willing to take criticism", Cranston said. "If I, as a straight, older person, and I'm wealthy, I'm very fortunate, does that mean I can't play a person who is not wealthy?"

In "The Upside", Cranston plays a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a caretaker, played by Kevin Hart, to help him on his daily routine. Academy Award and multiple Golden Globe Award victor Nicole Kidman, stars along with Golden Globe Award victor Julianna Mar-gulies, as well as Aja Naomi King. "I think it is worthy for debate to discuss those issues".

Bryan Cranston defended playing a man with disabilities in the new movie "The Upside".

"I think being cast in this role as a quadriplegic really came down to a business decision. We're very aware of the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities", he shared with the Press Association (via Yahoo). Disabled actor-writer Mat Fraser, who played "crippled" Richard III a year ago, summed it up: "Ideally, anybody should be able to play any body, but only when there is a truly level playing field of opportunity".

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But the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates on behalf of disabled Americans, was quick to point out that Cranston took a role that could have gone to an actor actually suffering from near-complete paralysis. I think by not coming up with an answer to that is the answer to that.

There seems to be many artists who are standing up and calling for change after recent Golden Globe victor Darren Criss, a heterosexual actor who often plays gay roles, recently ruled himself out of playing another homosexual part so as not to deprive an LGBT performer of the opportunity.

But others are saying Cranston essentially stole a role from a disabled actor.

'While we don't know the auditioning history of The Upside, casting a non-disabled actor to play a character with a disability is highly problematic and deprives performers with disabilities the chance to work and gain exposure, ' Ruderman said last September amid the movie's Toronto International Film Festival premiere, according to the Independent. A critic on social media even compared Cranston's newest acting role to President Donald Trump's alleged mockery of a disabled reporter during the 2016 Presidential campaign - a heavy and stinging critique for the Hollywood left. Many people argued the role should have been given to an Asian actor.

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