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Actor Bryan Cranston is being criticized for playing a handicapped character in “The Upside,” his new film with Kevin Hart released Friday, because he is not actually handicapped.
A remake of a 2011 French film, “The Upside” is about a quadriplegic billionaire who hires an ex-criminal, played by Kevin Hart, to be his caretaker. The movie is receiving kudos from critics for the chemistry between Cranston and Hart, but some are offended that the able-bodied Cranston kept the role from being taken to a genuinely quadriplegic actor.
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Around the time of the film’s premiere last September, Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation said, “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.”
In the past week, some have also taken to social media to roast Cranston for accepting the role. “The fact that @BryanCranston believes he is qualified to play someone disabled is highly offensive. Nondisabled actors cannot act disabled because disability is not something you...
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