Bryan Cranston defends playing quadriplegic in new movie ‘The Upside’

Fox News | 1/8/2019 | Katherine Lam
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Bryan Cranston defended playing a quadriplegic in his upcoming movie “The Upside,” saying taking on the role was a “business decision” amid the growing debate about expanding casting in Hollywood.

Cranston told the Press Association that he’s aware of “the need to expand opportunities” to others when it comes to casting specific roles, but as an actor, he has the right to take on characters with different attributes and abilities. In “The Upside,” Cranston plays a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a caretaker, played by Kevin Hart, to help him on his daily routine.

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"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, according to Sky News. “We're very aware of the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities.”

"As actors, we're asked to be other people, to play other people,” he added. “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, does that mean I can't play a homosexual?”

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"I don't know, where does the restriction apply, where is the line for that? I think it is worthy for debate to discuss those issues,” he continued.

Some social media users previously questioned...
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