Bryan Cranston 'willing to take criticism' for playing disabled man in The Upside

Mail Online | 1/9/2019 | Reporter
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Bryan Cranston says he's OK taking heat for playing a disabled character in his new film, The Upside.

'We live in the world of criticism,' the 62-year-old actor said in a news conference, Sky News reported. 'If we're willing to get up and try something, we have to also be willing to take criticism. We're very aware of the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities.'

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The Oscar-nominated performer said that 'being cast in this role as a quadriplegic really came down to a business decision.'

The film casts Cranston as Phillip, a billionaire who with quadriplegia, opposite his new caretaker Dell (Kevin Hart) in a remake of The Intouchables, a French motion picture that generated more than $426 million worldwide in 2011.

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Cranston, best known for playing meth kingpin Walter White on the TV smash Breaking Bad, brought up questions stemming from the topic.

'As actors, we're asked to be other people, to play other people,' he 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, 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.'

Interestingly, Cranston's onscreen son in Breaking Bad, Walter White Jr, suffers from cerebral palsy, as does the actor who played him, RJ Mitte.

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Mitte, who exaggerated his symptoms for the show, has campaigned for more roles for disabled...
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