Dwayne Johnson slammed by Paralympian actress Katy Sullivan for playing amputee in 'Skyscraper' film
In the new action-thriller movie, Johnson plays former FBI hostage rescue team leader, Will Sawyer, who lost his leg in a mission and now has a new position working as a security guard for skyscrapers.
Double amputee actress Katy Sullivan has called out Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for taking on the role of an amputee in his new movie, "Skyscraper."
READ HER FULL LETTER TO THE ROCK AT SOURCE 1
▪ Individuals with disabilities make up almost 20 percent of the world’s population.
▪ They are the largest minority and the most marginalized group in Hollywood.
▪ Less than 2 percent of characters were written to have a disability and of THOSE characters, 95 percent of the roles were filled with able-bodied actors.
▪ She is thrilled that this film got green-lit in the first place, the problem is this perpetuates the fact that they’re not given the agency to tell their own stories.
The actress also cited recent films where able-bodied actors have portrayed amputees such as Jake Gyllenhaal who starred in the biopic "Stronger," and Sam Claflin in the romantic-drama, "Me Before You."
🙏🏾❤️ Playing an amputee was a privilege and spending some time with you all was an honor. Thank you for being so gracious to @RawsonThurber and myself. We’re thrilled you loved our film. #SkyscraperSurprise— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 15, 2018
(moments like this will always, always be the best part of fame) https://t.co/Cy1dVaNAdk
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Dwayne @TheRock Johnson and @RudermanFdn bring you this exclusive partnership on the importance of auditioning and casting actors with disabilities in #Hollywood! #DisabilityIsDiversity #SKYSCRAPPER— Ruderman Family Fdn (@RudermanFdn) July 12, 2018
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Respectfully, to all the critics who reviewed my SKYSCRAPER - the good, the bad - I take it all— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 13, 2018
Heres the most important review I got from disabled critic @Journeys_Film Thx U!🙏🏾
My character’s issues weren’t below his knee, but rather between his ears. https://t.co/SKb1by5ma4
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