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Bryan Cranston defends role as disabled millionaire



Bryan Cranston has defended playing a disabled character in his new film, saying it is an actor's job to play different people.
He plays a quadriplegic billionaire in comedy-drama The Upside.
Cranston said that while he was aware of "the need to expand opportunities", his latest casting was a "business decision".

"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. As actors, we're asked to be other people, to play other people. 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? I think it is worthy for debate to discuss those issues."

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Tags: ableism / disability rights, bryan cranston, casting / auditions, film, reboot / remake / revival
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