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11th Feb '16 3:49:58 PM TheJayman49
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* In the remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'', real amputees were used to play some of the zombies. The jogger zombie in the beginning, when the survivors are just arriving at the mall, has lost his arm in real life, and the zombie in the parking garage is actually missing both of his legs.

* Similarly, ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' used several real-life amputees to make some particularly noteworthy zombies, including the asian man with a chewed off arm that tries to fight his way through the door and the legless zombie that swings across the ceiling pipes monkey-bar style to pounce on one of the survivors.
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* Similarly, ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' used several real-life amputees to make some particularly noteworthy zombies, including the asian Asian man with a chewed off arm that tries to fight his way through the door and the legless zombie that swings across the ceiling pipes monkey-bar style to pounce on one of the survivors.
3rd Jan '16 11:13:51 AM twilicorn
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* This trope is both invoked and subverted in the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Competence." The episode is about a young woman, Katie, who has Down's Syndrome. She becomes pregnant after being tricked into having sex by her boss (she doesn't understand what's going on - he tells her it's "exercise" and her mother sheltered her enough that she didn't know better). She wants to keep the baby, but her mother fears she isn't mentally capable of raising a child. While Andrey Fay Friedman (who plays Katie) does have Down's Syndrome, her mentally-handicapped boyfriend is played by a non-disabled actor.
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* This trope is both invoked and subverted in the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Competence." The episode is about a young woman, Katie, who has Down's Syndrome. She becomes pregnant after being tricked into having sex by her boss (she doesn't understand what's going on - he tells her it's "exercise" and her mother sheltered her enough that she didn't know better). She wants to keep the baby, but her mother fears she isn't mentally capable of raising a child. While Andrey Andrea Fay Friedman (who plays Katie) does have Down's Syndrome, her mentally-handicapped boyfriend is played by a non-disabled actor.
3rd Jan '16 10:41:03 AM twilicorn
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' played this trope straight, but also averted it. Legless Suzie, Paul the Illustrated Seal, Ma Petite, and Meep are all played by actors that share their conditions. In contrast, Jimmy, Pepper, Elsa, and the Twins are all the result of elaborate special effects.
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' played this trope straight, but also averted it. Legless Suzie, Paul the Illustrated Seal, Ma Petite, and Meep are all played by actors that share their conditions. In contrast, Jimmy, Pepper, Elsa, and the Twins are all the result of elaborate special effects. Notably, Jyoti Amage, the actress who plays Ma Petite, has been listed in the Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords book as the shortest adult female.
13th Dec '15 9:39:24 PM gophergiggles
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* Similarly, ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' used several real-life amputees to make some particularly noteworthy zombies, including the asian man with a chewed off arm that tries to fight his way through the door and the legless zombie that swings across the ceiling pipes monkey-bar style to pounce on one of the survivors.
4th Dec '15 1:33:33 AM LondonKdS
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* Mid-eighties ''Series/DoctorWho'' recurring villain Sil is a mostly-aquatic sentient amphibian who is very clumsy on land and has to be carried around by flunkies. In reality, Nabil Shaban, who played him, has severe osteogenesis imperfecta, and uses a wheelchair.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** Mid-eighties ''Series/DoctorWho'' recurring villain Sil is a mostly-aquatic sentient amphibian who is very clumsy on land and has to be carried around by flunkies. In reality, Nabil Shaban, who played him, has severe osteogenesis imperfecta, and uses a wheelchair.wheelchair. ** In the 2015 story "Under the Lake"/"Before the Flood", the deaf military scientist Cass was played by deaf actress Sophie Stone.
30th Nov '15 9:44:57 AM twilicorn
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* The 2015 revival of ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' reimagines about half the characters as deaf and cast actual hard of hearing actors to portray them (with separate performers singing and speaking their lines on their behalf, with the entire show simultaneously performed in American Sign Language).
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* The 2015 revival of ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' reimagines about half the characters as deaf and cast actual hard of hearing actors to portray them (with separate performers singing and speaking their lines on their behalf, with the entire show simultaneously performed in American Sign Language). The revival cast also includes Ali Stoker, the first Broadway performer to be in a wheelchair.
28th Nov '15 10:50:32 AM nombretomado
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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 ''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 ''MacGyver'', ''Series/MacGyver'', when his condition was written into the show). He was just that good an actor.

* Some of MichaelJFox's later work skirts this territory. For instance, on his guest appearance on ''{{Scrubs}}'', he played a character with OCD, which helped explain his somewhat twitchy movements.
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* Some of MichaelJFox's Creator/MichaelJFox's later work skirts this territory. For instance, on his guest appearance on ''{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', he played a character with OCD, which helped explain his somewhat twitchy movements.
28th Nov '15 8:56:00 AM harostar
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' played this trope straight, but also averted it. Legless Suzie, Paul the Illustrated Seal, Ma Petite, and Meep are all played by actors that share their conditions. In contrast, Jimmy, Pepper, Elsa, and the Twins are all the result of elaborate special effects.
29th Oct '15 1:36:47 AM jormis29
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* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Fargo Fargo]]'': Actor Allan Dobrescu has cerebral palsy, as does his character, Charlie Gerhardt.
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* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Fargo Fargo]]'': ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': Actor Allan Dobrescu has cerebral palsy, as does his character, Charlie Gerhardt.
28th Oct '15 11:04:05 PM joelkazoo
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* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Fargo Fargo]]'': Actor Allan Dobrescu has cerebral palsy, as does his character, Charlie Gerhardt.
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