A lot has been made of the fact that most disabled characters on television and in movies are actually played by able-bodied actors. It’s a particularly tricky question because while you’d like to believe casting directors aren’t avoiding disabled actors simply because they don’t think they can perform, it’s been noted by many in the industry that there is a perception that disabled actors are more “expensive” than those without disabilities. This is because, rightfully so, it takes longer for these actors to do wardrobe changes and sets now need to be fully accessible to accomodate the actors needs.
The frustrating part though is that in an industry focused on “the right look and fit,” disabled actors are type casted into playing disabled character…except they can’t get those roles for reasons listed above.
That’s where this week’s episode of Cripz is coming from, in the first of a three part holiday series entitled “Starring Role.”