Bryan Cranston Defends Playing A Disabled Character In ‘The Upside’: ‘As Actors We’re Asked To Play Other People’

Bryan Cranston has spoken about playing a disabled character in “The Upside”, insisting the casting was very much “a business decision.”

The 62-year-old stars alongside Kevin Hart, 39, in the flick about a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

Cranston told the Press Association: “As actors we’re asked to play other people.

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“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?

“I don’t know, where does the restriction apply, where is the line for that?”

Numerous celebrities have faced backlash in the past for taking on disabled roles, with Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger” and Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” being two recent examples.

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Hart added of the debate, “I think having a conversation started is always a good thing.

“In this particular case, bringing awareness to the fact that, Hey, we would love to see more disabled people given the opportunities to participate in the entertainment world, and potentially grow.”

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