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Able-Bodied Actors

playing Disabled Characters

lesson 18:

Playing a disabled person is quite challenging.An able bodied person would find it very difficult to play such roles. In day to day life after being used to live a life of comfort, suddenly acting disabled will be a tough job. It is not only physical change that one needs to bring about but alsomental change. For example if you are happy,an able bodied person could show it by jumping around, running around clasping hands and so on.But what if he needs to show the same emotions by sitting in a wheel chair. What if he needs to showthe same emotions with no hands? What if he needs toshow the same emotions blind, deaf, mute?

So playing the disabled character by a able-bodiedcharacter is a very tough one.

Physically disabled:

In a wheel chair

Tom Cruise

In the movie " the Fourth of July " Tom Cruise plays the role of Vietnam Veteran who is wounded. His performance was incredible. He truly captured  the pain of those returning wounded Vietnam vets.  One can easily imagine the frustration which has been wonderfully enacted by Tom Cruise.

As a Midget

kamalahasan

One can act blind, mute, deaf, without legs, without;hands but how can one act as midget. You needto physically become small. In today's world, you can do with graphics. But way back in 1989, a;Tamil movie by name "Apoorva Sagodarargal" was released and the audience were stunned to see Kamal Hassan play the role of a midget. Till today, still nobody knows how he managed to play that role. Kamal Hassan was brilliant in the movie and the movie was a super hit.

Cerebral Palsy

Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day Lewis plays the role where onlyhis left foot can be controlled in the movie"Left Foot". Being a method actor, Day-Lewis' while playing the paralysed poet Christy Brown, he refused to leave hiswheelchair and had crew members carry him around the set.He also insisted that all of his meals would be spoon-fed to him.He got his first Best Actor Academy Award for this role.

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