Jake Gyllenhaal film slated over amputee casting

From BBC - September 15, 2017

A new film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings is under fire for not casting a disabled actor in the role.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, which supports people with disabilities, said his casting was proof of "Hollywood's ongoing systemic discrimination."

"We would not accept a white actor play[ing] a black character," said its president Jay Ruderman.

They recently slated a film with Alec Baldwin as a man who loses his sight.

In Stronger, released in the UK in December, Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, who was severely injured in the 2013 bombings and who now uses prosthetic legs.

Speaking at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend, the actor said Bauman was a "total inspiration" and "one of the strongest people I know."

Earlier this year. director David Gordon Green told Entertainment Tonight that Gyllenhaal was "the only actor I spoke to" about the project.

Speaking in March, though, the 36-year-old admitted he found it difficult to appreciate the magnitude of Bauman's life-changing experience.


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