GOTTA DO OUR ‘PART’
If it’s culturally appropriate to hire a white actor to play an African-American, indigenous or Asian person, why then did “Stronger” director David Gordon Green think it was OK for him to hire Jake Gyllenhaal to portray Boston Marathon victim and double amputee Jeff Bauman?
The disabled community doesn’t think it’s OK, for sure. But thing is? Bauman himself couldn’t be happier with Gyllenhaal and the two have become close friends.
Why didn’t Green consider hiring an amputee actor who looks like both men to play Bauman post-attack?
Because he doesn’t exist, right? Wrong.
Check out Casey Pieretti, stuntman, in-line skater, commercial actor, prosthesis designer, and kids charity angel — who also happens to be an amputee.
Pieretti would not only have been perfect, but he’s hot as fire on ice.
Disabled actors lose parts to non-disabled actors all the time, but — damn! — it should never happen when the part is that of a disabled person. Dismissing the disabled is disgraceful.