Bryan Cranston Defends Playing Paraplegic Man in 'The Upside'

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston has been getting some backlash for his role as a man with quadriplegia in The Upside, but he's not apologizing.

"As actors, we're asked to be other people, to play other people", he added. This week, I watched Silent Witness with Liz Carr, a disabled actor who, for seven years, has played disabled lab technician Clarissa Mullery.

"I don't know, where does the restriction apply, where is the line for that?" 'If we're willing to get up and try something, we have to also be willing to take criticism. I think by not coming up with an answer to that is the answer to that.

The Upside does not yet have a New Zealand cinema release.

The star has said it was an actor's job to pretend to be different people, however in he did admit there was 'a dearth of opportunity for actors with a disability'.

Directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere, The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables.

Cranston's co-star, Kevin Hart, concurred, saying that the film's producers were looking for "box office success" with the casting.

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The actor, 62, is under fire because some believe the role should have gone to a disabled person instead.

We are familiar with the repellent days of "blacking up" - the disabled actors' equivalent is "cripping up", a term used by acting activists to highlight that it is not acceptable for a non-disabled actor to mimic impairments, then win an Oscar. "I'm not taking a side on if it's right, but the studios want money".

Scarlett Johansson was criticized in 2017 when she was cast as the lead in "Ghost In The Shell", a remake of a Japanese anime classic.

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.

Maysoon Zayid - a comedian, actor, and disability advocate who has cerebral palsy - told BBC News that too many disabled actors are left out of productions.

Johansson also pulled out of playing a transgender character in the film "Rub and Tug" after the LGBTQ community slammed the project for not giving the opportunity to a trans actor. On Sunday, Criss won a Golden Globe for playing Andrew Cunanan, a gay serial killer, in the show, "American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace".

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