Row over bomb vic­tim movie role

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THE mak­ers of a new movie about a man who lost his legs in the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings have been slammed for not cast­ing a dis­abled ac­tor in the role.

Jake Gyl­len­haal will play Jeff Bau­man – who was se­verely in­jured in the 2013 at­tack and now uses pros­thetic legs – in Stronger.

But the Ru­d­er­man Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, who sup­port peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, said his cast­ing was proof of “Hol­ly­wood’s on­go­ing sys­temic dis­crim­i­na­tion”.

The movie is di­rected by David Gor­den Green.

Ru­d­er­man pres­i­dent Jay Ru­d­er­man: “By not even giv­ing ac­tors who are am­putees the chance to au­di­tion for the role awarded to Gyl­len­haal, Green ef­fec­tively de­nied those with dis­abil­i­ties to even be con­sid­ered.”

The Lion­s­gate and Road­side At­trac­tions film is out in the UK in De­cem­ber

PLAY­ING LEAD Gyl­len­haal

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