“Glee” Wheelchair Kid Hits A Sour Note With Disabled Actors
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Several physically-challenged actors are voicing concerns that the show’s casting of Kevin Hale, a non-disabled actor, to play paraplegic high school student Artie on the hit comedy represents yet another missed opportunity for a popular program to cast a star who is actually disabled.
A similar debate kicked off last week, when a advocacy group for the hearing impaired protested Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin’s recent casting as Helen Keller in the Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker.
“I think there’s a fear of litigation, that a person with disabilities might slow a production down, fear that viewers might be uncomfortable,” says CSIcast member Robert David Hall . “I’ve made my living as an actor for 30 years and I walk on two artificial legs.”