Bryan Cranston defends decision to play a quadriplegic in the new film 'The Upside'

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2:18 | 01/09/19

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I saw something interesting to me. Bryan Cranston who we all know from "Malcolm in the middle". Walter white from "Breaking bad". He has this new movie out with Kevin hart called "The upside," and it has Kevin hart and Nicole kidman. It's generating controversy and it hasn't come out yet, and the controversy being that he is an able-bodied actor playing a quadriplegic. A lot of people are taking offense to this saying that the role should have gone to a disabled actor, which, you know, I think that definitely there are disabled actors who I think could play this role, but it's interesting that people would expect that, but at the same time in Hollywood, people go to movies with people that they know, and that's where I thin little, little tough. How do you feel about that? I agree. Well, I believe in inclusiveness and opportunity, but I think the best person for the job should get the job, and I think that -- Yeah. This is what actors do. It's artistic expression. At this point when we start to limit that, you know, can we not sing about things we don't understand? Don't you sing about Rudolph. This is what an artist does, and I think there are other opportunities to include. These roles are highly researched at the level of Bryan Cranston. Bring in consultants and people that can help create the best performance because if the story is not heard because it's not a name that draws eyeballs or money, these stories aren't told. Yeah. It isn't in the power of the telling of the story. I fully believe Bryan Cranston. It's Bryan Cranston. He was probably the best one for the job. Yeah. Yeah. Well, he defended -- he defended his role and this is what he had to say. He says, as actors, we're as to play other people. Same thing you're saying. If I, as a straight older person and I'm wealthy, I'm very fortunate, but does that mean I can't play a person who is not wealthy? Does that mean I can't play a homosexual? If you want to limit this role, you have to limit everything. It's called acting for a reason. He is the best man for the role I feel. It's a conversation starter. It makes you talk as well. Started our conversation.

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