Far­relly broth­ers get dis­abil­ity award

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

BOS­TON — Film di­rec­tor broth­ers Peter and Bobby Far­relly are be­ing rec­og­nized for press­ing Hol­ly­wood re­peat­edly and pub­licly to do a bet­ter job of cast­ing and por­tray­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Bos­ton-based Ru­d­er­man Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, a lead­ing voice in call­ing for more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the dis­abled, an­nounced Wed­nes­day the broth­ers are the re­cip­i­ents of its sixth an­nual Mor­ton E. Ru­d­er­man Award in In­clu­sion.

“When you tell a story, you want it to take place in a real world — and it’s not a real world if they don’t in­clude ev­ery­body,” said Peter Far­relly, who co-wrote and di­rected “Green Book,” which won Os­cars last year for best pic­ture and best orig­i­nal screen­play.

Bobby Far­relly, di­rec­tor of 1998’s “There’s Some­thing About Mary,” re­called how the broth­ers played with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties in the neigh­bor­hood where they grew up in Cum­ber­land, Rhode Is­land, just over the bor­der from Mas­sachusetts.

“They made us laugh. They were our friends,” he said. “And so when we started mak­ing movies, we thought, why wouldn’t we in­clude peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the movies — in the sto­ries that we tell — be­cause they are a part of our life.”

The broth­ers have col­lab­o­rated on other hit films in­clud­ing “Dumb and Dum­ber,” “Me, My­self & Irene” and “The Heart­break Kid.”

PAUL A. HE­BERT/IN­VI­SION/AP 2015

Broth­ers Peter Far­relly, left, and Bobby Far­relly.

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