Actor Targeted for Playing Man With Disability Isn’t Letting the ‘World of Criticism’ We Live in Get to Him

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Actor Bryan Cranston is defending himself after people criticized him for playing a man with a disability in a movie.

In his new movie “The Upside,” the actor plays a man whose caretaker is played by comedian Kevin Hart. Some were quick to criticize the studio for not casting an actor with a disability to play the role.

Critics of the casting decision posted their dissatisfaction on Twitter:

Cranston responded to the critics, saying that while he understands the criticism, it’s important to understand the perspective of the project.

“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. “We’re very aware of the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities.”

He also pointed out that his job is to portray different characters.

“As actors, we’re asked to play other people,” Cranston said in an interview. “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?”

Director Neil Burger also spoke out in Cranston’s defense in a recent interview, saying the film was done to bring awareness.

“It is a really interesting question, does an able-bodied actor have the right to play a person with a disability? And there’s arguments on both sides of it,” Burger said. “All I know is that we did an incredible amount of research and went at it with as much respect and honesty that we could – and certainly Bryan Cranston did – and our goal is to shed light and be compassionate and be respectful to those communities.”

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Charles Darling
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Perhaps they are afraid that if you can’t count on actors to be “AUTHENTIC!” then all the times they VOTED for whomever the line-reader to the highest bidder told them, they may have been MISLED!

Phyllis Softa
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Really, folks, it is called ACTING. Gary Sinese who portrayed Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump was NOT an actual disabled Vietnam vet. Sinise was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. Upside is a MOVIE, (not a reality show) based on a true story of a paralyzed French billionaire businessman–Cranston isn’t French, a businessman, or a billionaire either.

Phoenix
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Just don’t see the movie if you’re not happy with the casting.

Screwtape
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Good thing they failed to notice “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” where an able-bodied Joaquin Phoenix portrays quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. Rooney Mara, who plays his Swedish stewardess girlfriend is neither Swedish nor a stewardess. The shame!!!

Maybe they should be consistent and go after Rachel Dolezal, Shaun King , Liz Warren, etc. for not being what they claim.

Screwtape
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The people critiquing Cranston are ninnies. Did a single one object to him playing a terminally-ill meth-cooker in Breaking Bad? Were there no meth cooks available to play the role? Morons.

There’s also the question not one of them will ask. If you’re asking someone to act, how can they someone is “qualified” to act unless that person is an actor? Dolts.

Good thing they failed to notice “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”

General Confusion
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I was so upset that they never called upon me to portray General Patton in that movie a few decades ago, too.

I am confused.

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