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15th Apr '16 3:26:52 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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For a long time in film, theater, and television, when a work called for a character with a disability, it was the norm to cast perfectly abled actors in those roles, especially if the role was one of the leads (you still want to cast a big name star in the lead role, despite the character's disability, after all). This was such a norm that the casting of authentically disabled actors as disabled characters has only become more commonplace since the late 1980s, though normally such actors are in supporting or background roles.

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For a long time in film, theater, and television, when a work called for a character with a disability, it was the norm to cast perfectly abled able-bodied actors in those roles, especially if the role was one of the leads (you still want to cast a big name star in the lead role, despite the character's disability, after all). This was such a norm that the casting of authentically disabled actors as disabled characters has only become more commonplace since the late 1980s, though normally such actors are in supporting or background roles.



* Characters with Down's syndrome are almost always played by actors with Down's syndrome due to the characteristic facial features of the syndrome, which are hard to fake.

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* Characters with Down's syndrome are almost always played by actors with Down's syndrome due to the characteristic facial features of the syndrome, which are hard to fake. The same goes for dwarfism, obviously -- except, bizarrely, in ''Film/TinyTiptoes'', which cast Creator/GaryOldman as a little person. This is especially baffling because most of the other little people in the movie were played by actual actors with dwarfism, including Creator/PeterDinklage.
9th Apr '16 12:28:26 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In a notable inversion of this trope, the late great supporting actor and HeyItsThatGuy alumnus [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Elcar Dana Elcar]] played a lot of ''sighted'' characters late in his career, ''after'' he went completely blind due to glaucoma (though he often played blind characters as well--most notably on ''Series/MacGyver'', when his condition was written into the show). He was just that good an actor.

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* In a notable inversion of this trope, the late great supporting actor and HeyItsThatGuy alumnus [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Elcar Dana Elcar]] played a lot of ''sighted'' characters late in his career, ''after'' he went completely blind due to glaucoma (though he often played blind characters as well--most notably on ''Series/MacGyver'', when his condition was written into the show). He was just that good an actor.
29th Mar '16 3:53:55 PM Fulgur
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** Which also led to aversion -- Kašpar often alternated his parts with another, able-bodied actor.
25th Mar '16 3:15:28 PM LondonKdS
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* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', the very small and mobility-disabled Corpus Colossus is played by Quentin Kenihan, who has the same disabilities due to severe osteogenesis imperfecta.
25th Mar '16 10:37:59 AM DaibhidC
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** Played with in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', where Fox played a surgeon with OCD; a psychological rather than physical condition, but one that could result in the same visible symptoms.
23rd Mar '16 8:48:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''CoronationStreet'' has had a few wheelchair-using characters in its time, though previously they were played by able-bodied actors. Currently, however, both Izzy Armstrong and actress Cherylee Houston, who plays her, suffer from a rare connective tissue disorder, Type III Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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* ''CoronationStreet'' ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has had a few wheelchair-using characters in its time, though previously they were played by able-bodied actors. Currently, however, both Izzy Armstrong and actress Cherylee Houston, who plays her, suffer from a rare connective tissue disorder, Type III Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
15th Mar '16 9:23:00 PM IJVin
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* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'', the Battle of Helm's Deep features a quick shot of a soldier turning his head toward the camera to reveal an empty eye socket. From IMDb: "The performer who played him showed up as an extra, wearing an eye patch; director Creator/PeterJackson politely asked to see what was under the patch, and then inquired if the gentleman would be interested in appearing in the film sans eye patch. The gentleman was reluctant at first and quite self-conscious, but afterward said [[HeartwarmingMoments the experience had made him more comfortable with his condition]]."
9th Mar '16 1:55:17 PM Hossmeister
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** He also [[AsHimself played himself]] on an episode of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where LarryDavid is convinced that Fox intentionally shook up a soda Fox had given him, and used his Parkinson's as an excuse (they had gotten into a bit of a shouting match shortly before Fox offered the soda as a peace offering).

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** He also [[AsHimself played himself]] on an episode of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'', ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where LarryDavid is convinced that Fox intentionally shook up a soda Fox had given him, and used his Parkinson's as an excuse (they had gotten into a bit of a shouting match shortly before Fox offered the soda as a peace offering).
18th Feb '16 3:29:38 PM twilicorn
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Characters with Down's syndrome are almost always played by actors with Down's syndrome due to the characteristic facial features of the syndrome, which are hard to fake.

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* Characters with Down's syndrome are almost always played by actors with Down's syndrome due to the characteristic facial features of the syndrome, which are hard to fake.
18th Feb '16 3:29:26 PM twilicorn
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** Characters with Down's syndrome are almost always played by actors with Down's syndrome due to the characteristic facial features of the syndrome, which are hard to fake.


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Characters with Down's syndrome are almost always played by actors with Down's syndrome due to the characteristic facial features of the syndrome, which are hard to fake.
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