• Follow us


Bryan Cranston defends portrayal of disabled character in ‘The Upside’

Bryan Cranston is defending his decision to play a disabled character following backlash for his role in The Upside.

The film stars Kevin Hart as a lazy, skirt-chasing ex-con hoping to reconnect with his estranged wife and son. He accidentally gets a job taking care of an obscenely wealthy New York businessman who became a quadriplegic while hang-gliding, played by Cranston. (“You as rich as Jay-Z?” Hart’s character asks. “No. Richer,” comes the reply.)

Story continues below

The casting of Cranston, an able-bodied person, sparked a backlash on Twitter.

READ MORE: Kevin Hart makes in-depth apology to LGBTQ community after Oscars controversy

The Malcolm in the Middle alum said his portrayal of Phillip Lacasse was a “business decision.”

“As actors, we’re asked to be other people, to play other people,” he said. “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.”

WATCH BELOW: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart On The Upside

Cranston did acknowledge “the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities.”

He also said that the criticism he receives is all part of his job.

“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. We’re very aware of the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities.” he said.

“I think being cast in this role as a quadriplegic really came down to a business decision.”

READ MORE: Bryan Cranston recalls childhood encounter with Charles Manson: ‘I was within his grasp’

People on social media discussed Cranston’s casting, arguing that disabled actors should be considered to play these roles.

“As a wheelchair user, I could never play Bryan Cranston so why the hell can he play someone like me?! That’s the thing people don’t understand… disabled actors are not allowed to play nondisabled characters, and in some cases, we could never play someone nondisabled,” one Twitter user wrote.

The fact that @BryanCranston believes he is qualified to play someone disabled is highly offensive. Nondisabled actors cannot act disabled because disability is not something you can act. You either are disabled or you aren't.

— Dominick Evans (@dominickevans) January 6, 2019

Bryan Cranston is trending for being cast as a quadriplegic man. I see lots of people defending him, saying it's his job as an actor. As a disabled actor myself, let me point out that such roles are the ONLY roles disabled actors would be considered for… yet we still aren't.

— Ally Craig (@mr_craig) January 8, 2019

A non disabled actor playing a disabled role is NOT the same as a "wealthy person" playing a "non wealthy" role.

I actually can't believe that we are still having to explain this. #bryancranston #stopnow

— Melissa Johns (@Melissa_Clare_J) January 8, 2019

Others supported Cranston’s decision to take on the role.

All these actors earned their awards by displaying talent & taking on roles others would shy away from. Bryan Cranston deserves respect not criticism. By only offering disabled roles to disabled actors will create ironical inequality. pic.twitter.com/bpSuKZVEYl

— Joe Beck (@joseph83beck) January 8, 2019

Y’all coming for Bryan Cranston for ACTING as a disabled person? Who’s next? Coming for Sir Patrick Stewart for playing Professor X? pic.twitter.com/o9QAF0CTMi

— Giselle Valdez (@itsgissel) January 8, 2019

As an actual sufferer of OCD, Tourettes, Anxiety Disorder and ADD, I personally would not be offended or angered if an actor/actress without any of the said conditions, portrayed a character suffering from them.

#BryanCranston #TheUpside

— M Dan Ortiz (@MDOrtizTexas) January 9, 2019

READ MORE: ‘Breaking Bad’ movie in the works by Vince Gilligan

Cranston’s comments about his decision to take the role come months after the Ruderman Family Foundation, an organization focusing on the inclusion of disabled individuals, called his casting “discrimination.”

“While we don’t know the auditioning history of The Upside, casting a non-disabled actor to play a character with a disability is highly problematic and deprives performers with disabilities the chance to work and gain exposure,” Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, said last September before the movie’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) premiere.

Ruderman said that “non-disabled actors are routinely cast to play characters with disabilities, while actors with disabilities are rarely even auditioned for minor parts.” He added that the “practice amounts to discrimination.”

While speaking with the Press Association at TIFF, The Upside director Neil Burger said: “It is a really interesting question. Does an able-bodied actor have the right to play a person with a disability? And there are arguments on both sides of it.”

He continued: “All I know is that we did an incredible amount of research and went at it with as much respect and honesty as we could — and certainly Bryan Cranston did — and our goal is to shed light and be compassionate and be respectful to those communities.”

The Upside is in theatres on Friday, Jan. 11.

—With files from the Associated Press

Follow @KatieScottNews Read More

Leave A Comment

More News

Global News : Entertainment

Mariah Carey sued by former assistant alleging verbal, 2019-01-18 14:29:19Mariah Carey's former assistant claims that Stella Bulohchnikov, the singer's former manager, would hold her down and urinate on her.

Backstreet Boys release new single, ‘Breathe’ 2019-01-18 12:39:43'Breathe' is the fourth single off the boy band's long-awaited comeback album, 'DNA.'

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans devastated after shock death in 2019-01-18 12:19:30'Grey's Anatomy' once again left its audience in tears after a beloved character passed away.

Kato Kaelin says he’s going to talk about 2019-01-18 12:08:27Watch the two-night premiere event of 'Celebrity Big Brother' on Monday, Jan. 21, and Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

Ariana Grande releases new single, colourful video for 2019-01-18 11:17:59The latest single from the upcoming 'Thank U, Next' album sees the singer try her hand at rapping.

Prince Philip car accident: 9-month-old baby involved in 2019-01-18 10:54:45"It was an astonishing escape for everyone," said Roy Warne, 75, who pulled Prince Philip from the wreckage.

Amy Schumer speaks out after her face is 2019-01-18 10:29:17"This is not a good look for our culture," the actress wrote.

‘Glass’ review: Atypical superheroes come together in frenetic 2019-01-18 09:30:35Powered by James McAvoy's breathless performance(s), 'Glass' is messy yet mesmerizing.

Alan Cross’ weekly music picks: Bryan Adams, Corey 2019-01-18 09:00:07The music industry has awoken from its holiday slumber. Time to get serious about the first quarter of 2019.

Justin and Hailey Bieber’s wedding: All the information 2019-01-17 15:43:11The wedding will reportedly be taking place somewhere in Los Angeles and two people who've received a "Save the Date" email include Kylie Jenner an

Leah Remini, A&E accused by Scientology of inciting 2019-01-16 16:20:54A man was fatally stabbed outside of an Australian Scientology complex, allegedly by a 16-year-old teenager in early January.

Billy Idol embarking on unplugged North American tour, 2019-01-16 15:42:04The British rock legend will be joined by longtime guitarist Steve Stevens.

Arts & Entertainment -

Netflix subscriptions increase as it boosts original content 2019-01-17 19:45:00Netflix paid subscriptions increased 26% to 139.3 million in the fourth quarter as the streaming giant continued to attract more customers and bolster

Reviews: Chef doc ‘The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution,’ 2019-01-17 19:20:00'The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution' Both awe-inspiring and mouth-watering, “The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution” celebrates seven female che

Review: ‘All These Small Moments’ and not much 2019-01-17 19:15:00Melissa B. Miller Constanzo’s directorial debut, “All These Small Moments,” delivers what the title promises: a collection of quiet

Lorna Doom, unsung hero and founding member of 2019-01-17 18:55:00The first documented onstage performance by L.A. punk bassist Lorna Doom, whose death was announced Wednesday, resulted in her and her Germs bandmates

Review: In Tracy Letts' 'Linda Vista,' a loser 2019-01-17 18:05:00The plays of Tracy Letts can be broadly divided into two types: Those with men behaving appallingly and those with women behaving abominably. In &ldqu

Review: For Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, a 2019-01-17 16:45:00Call him the reluctant recitalist. At the ripe young age of 67, Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio made his Los Angeles-area recital debut Wednesda

Louis C.K.'s San Jose comedy gig sparks protest, 2019-01-17 16:30:00Louis C.K. has brought his divisive stand-up comedy act to the West Coast, and it’s already causing quite a stir. The embattled comedian, who fa

Review: Why Miley Cyrus belonged at this Chris 2019-01-17 15:50:00Stone Gossard looked like he couldn’t quite believe what he was about to say. Standing onstage Wednesday night at the Forum — where the Pe

Review: Argentine music saga ‘El Potro: Unstoppable’ not 2019-01-17 15:40:00As the success of both “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” proves, music sagas about turbulent fame and tragic ends are a

Review: Nigerian charmer ‘Lionheart’ champions a global heroine 2019-01-17 15:40:00Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji — a hypnotizing movie presence both regal and warm — has long been one of the most beloved actresses in Afr

Review: 'Solo' is a survival story that loses 2019-01-17 15:15:00Not to be confused with either the stand-alone Han Solo movie or the documentary “Free Solo,” Spain’s “Solo” is a semi-i

Review: Netflix's ‘Fyre’ takes an intimate look at 2019-01-17 15:10:00It was announced as “the cultural experience of the decade” and it was — just not in the way anyone anticipated. As detailed by dire

Entertainment - The

Jessica Simpson's '10 Year Challenge' Photo Pokes Fun 2019-01-18 13:12:54Nailed it.

Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Still Saying Sorry 2019-01-18 12:44:59And no, it wasn't about Kanye's tweets.

Regina King Finally Met Her Celebrity Crush And 2019-01-18 12:01:58"And the mustache is real," the "Beale Street" actress gushed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

With The Arrival Of 'Fyre,' The Netflix vs. 2019-01-18 11:56:32The two companies have submitted to the very social media culture their films attempt to critique.

'The L-Word' Remembered: The Lesbian Drama That Changed 2019-01-18 11:28:12With a reboot on the horizon, dozens of LGBTQ community members dissect the Showtime series' herstory.

Sophie Turner Says Her Unwashed Hair Was ‘Disgusting’ 2019-01-18 11:27:47The sacrifices she makes for Sansa Stark.

Ariana Grande's New Song '7 Rings' Is A 2019-01-18 10:11:06The singer's follow-up to "thank u, next" is a Broadway-inspired bop.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Bodybuilding Son Recreates Dad's Classic Pose 2019-01-18 06:52:03Joseph Baena's worthy attempt to emulate his pop will pump you up.

Cardi B's Trashing Of Donald Trump For The 2019-01-18 06:24:06Set to "Bodak Yellow."

Colbert Calls Out Trump Over Nancy Pelosi Trip: 2019-01-18 01:53:54The "Late Show" host rips the president for revealing what had been a secret trip to a war zone.

Goldie Hawn Was Warned She'd 'Fall In' When 2019-01-17 16:03:27The "Overboard" star was "right in there" when granddaughter Rani Rose was born in 2018.

Stop Doing The 10-Year Challenge Because Mariah Carey 2019-01-17 15:22:09"Time is not something I acknowledge," the singer wrote on Instagram.

CBC | Arts News

YouTube bans videos that involve dangerous pranks after 2019-01-16 12:02:31People fell down stairs and even crashed cars as part of the challenge, based on the Sandra Bullock film

Rihanna sues father over use of their surname 2019-01-16 10:04:22Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is suing her father and his partner for trademark violations and falsely suggesting their business, F

Jason Reitman to direct Ghostbusters sequel 2019-01-16 09:29:07Four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman is set to direct a new instalment in the Ghostbusters series for Sony Pictures set to come out in the summer of

Corey Hart to be inducted into Canadian Music 2019-01-16 09:19:19Singer-songwriter Corey Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards in March, and the show in London, Ont., will

Space travel and parallel dimensions: Popular comic series 2019-01-16 04:00:00Stories focused on the theme of Indigenous Futurisms by Indigenous authors and artists will make up the third instalment of the award-winning comic co

Lac-Mégantic footage allegedly used in 2nd Netflix show 2019-01-15 21:39:07A day after learning that a science-fiction show on Netflix used footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, the mayor of the Quebec town said s

Céline Dion pulling R. Kelly duet from streaming 2019-01-15 15:03:38Céline Dion is pulling a song she recorded with R. Kelly from streaming services in the wake of a Lifetime docuseries that details allegations

Jimmy Fallon calls Puerto Rican episode a 'love 2019-01-15 13:00:01Jimmy Fallon said a Tonight Show episode taped in Puerto Rico with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a love letter to the island still in hurrica

Netflix hikes U.S. prices by up to 18 2019-01-15 12:22:36Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 per cent to 18 per cent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago.

Alicia Keys will host 2019 Grammy Awards 2019-01-15 10:48:25Pop and R&B star Alicia Keys is hosting the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month.

Gillette earns kudos and criticism for tackling toxic 2019-01-15 10:47:11Personal grooming company Gillette has drawn a lot of attention for its latest ad campaign, which urges men to take a more active role in fighting tox

Broadway legend Carol Channing has died at age 2019-01-15 08:05:55Actress Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and television, has died at age 97.

Top Entertainment stories

Aboriginal Swarm player deals with racism 2019-01-17 20:16:24Three weeks ago, Lyle Thompson scored the tying goal, then scored the winner with 24 seconds left to lift his Georgia Swarm teammates to an 11-10 win

WARMINGTON: Liberals offer no quarter to ousted B.C. 2019-01-17 20:10:22There are second chances for some inside of Liberal party politics. But not for all. “This lesson that we are learning — and I’ll be

Fournette fighting Jaguars over guaranteed contract team voided 2019-01-17 19:53:09Here’s another good reason – beyond sportsmanship and common sense – for an NFL player to refrain from taking a swing at an opponent

NBA COURTSIDE: Picking the 2018-19 all-star starters 2019-01-17 19:52:48Voting doesn’t close until Monday, but here’s how we think the NBA all-star picks should go this year. The game is on Feb. 17 in Charlotte

CONDUCT UNBECOMING: Cops ring in 2019 by wrecking 2019-01-17 19:35:03Taking the pastry-eating stereotype to a ‘hole’ new level, some Toronto cops are under investigation after allegedly demolishing a cruiser

Saudi embassy helped accused rapist flee Canada 2019-01-17 18:47:59And another one’s gone. A Saudi Arabian man who failed to show for his trial on two counts of sex assault and one of sexual interference in Hali

Ontario businesses cautiously optimistic under new government 2019-01-17 18:35:51Businesses in Ontario have new hope they can succeed with the new provincial government, but there is a long way to go, leaders say. Regulatory red ta

BUFFERY: Ex-Blue Jay Gregg Zaun opens up about 2019-01-17 18:26:35It’s been almost 14 months since Gregg Zaun was fired by Rogers Sportsnet — and one gets the impression he’d still rather not be not

BILLIONAIRE BLUES: Jeff Bezos ‘seriously stupid’ to marry 2019-01-17 18:19:18A former friend of Amazon gazillionaire Jeff Bezos’ new gal pal thinks he’d be “seriously stupid” to marry her. The onetime pa

RANDALL THE HANDLE: NFL Conference Final picks 2019-01-17 17:56:54Rams (14-3) at Saints (14-3) LINE: NEW ORLEANS by 3½ Good coaching matchups this weekend and it begins here. Rams head coach Sean McVay is the

Hundreds of victims, millions of dollars stolen in 2019-01-17 13:59:09Imagine popping your debit or credit card into an ATM the day after taking a cab ride, not being able to withdraw cash and then realizing it’s b

Streaking Bolts won’t let Maple Leafs off hook 2019-01-17 13:45:35TAMPA BAY — There’s not much room for improvement with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they don’t intend to let up against the Maple Le


Glass isn’t even one-third full as Shyamalan’s trilogy 2019-01-17 13:18:43With the final part of his Unbreakable trilogy, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s pretensions and irksome visual style overwhelm appealing tr

Movie starring Damian Lewis as Rob Ford debuting 2019-01-17 12:38:29Run This Town sees the TV star prosthetically bulked up to play Toronto’s late mayor, albeit in a minor role.

Fun fuels 1990s buzz band Rusty’s revival 2019-01-17 11:30:00Foursome with roots in Toronto has reunited periodically for shows, but at Friday’s gig they get to celebrate a bigger step: a punchy new album.

Stan & Ollie is slow but saved by 2019-01-17 10:52:39Stars turn lead into gold with their affectionate portrayals of legendary comedy duo but the film is no match for the performances.

21C Festival finds fresh use for half an 2019-01-17 10:12:24Toronto Symphony Orchestra — well, a good chunk of it — and guests intrigue audience with novel sounds in Koerner Hall concert.

Arrivals: Books that show women rock the world 2019-01-17 10:00:00New books feature powerful women who celebrate their sexuality, sensuality in politics, entertainment and personal life

Miley Cyrus shuts down pregnancy rumors in ‘egg-celent’ 2019-01-17 08:00:21Rumours had been swirling that the “Wrecking Ball” singer, 26, was pregnant with her first child.

Mariah Carey sues former assistant for allegedly blackmailing 2019-01-17 07:50:20Carey is seeking at least $3 million in damages, according to the lawsuit obtained by People and ET.

Why did it take TV to turn the 2019-01-17 07:00:00Allegations against the R&B superstar have been reported, at least in his hometown Chicago, for 20 years.

Films about Fyre fests in sudden showdown 2019-01-17 00:00:00The Netflix project, Fyre, had long been slated for a streaming and limited theatrical release on Friday — but on Monday, Hulu ignited the strea

‘The Office’ alums Steve Carell, Greg Daniels are 2019-01-16 22:47:14Carell is set to star in and executive produce the show, but there’s no word yet on what character he’ll play or the exact release date.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Steps to Stardom’ hometown exhibit makes 2019-01-16 22:39:13The behind-the-scenes look features 100 colour photos of items showcased in the exhibit, including a hockey jacket from his childhood and his various

Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.