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6th Jul '16 3:12:57 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn is mentally disabled in real life, as are many of the actors who play his housemates.

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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn is the mentally disabled in real life, as are impaired protagonist is played by the neurotypical actor Creator/SeanPenn, but many of the actors who play his housemates.housemates are disabled like their characters.
6th Jul '16 3:10:22 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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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.

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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.imperfecta (brittle bone disease).
* ''Film/TinyTiptoes'' plays this straight for the most part by casting actors with dwarfism (including Creator/PeterDinklage) as little people -- but bizarrely, Creator/GaryOldman of all people also plays a little person.



* This can also apply to actors with 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.

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* This can As with Down's syndrome, characters with dwarfism are also apply to actors with dwarfism, obviously usually played by little people -- except, bizarrely, in ''Film/TinyTiptoes'', which cast Creator/GaryOldman as a little person. This is especially baffling because most of ''Film/TinyTiptoes'' (see the other little people in the movie were played by actual actors with dwarfism, including Creator/PeterDinklage.{{Film}} section above).
5th Jul '16 3:14:06 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. 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.

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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 fake.
* This can also apply to actors with
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.
26th Jun '16 5:23:41 PM Vindicarious
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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn is mentally disabled in real life, as are many of the actors who play his housemates.

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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn is mentally disabled in real life, as are many of the actors who play his housemates.
26th Jun '16 5:17:49 PM Vindicarious
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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn is, of course, mentally disabled as are in real life many of the actors who play his housemates.

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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn is, of course, is mentally disabled as are in real life life, as are many of the actors who play his housemates.
26th Jun '16 5:16:07 PM Vindicarious
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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn, of course, is not really developmentally disabled -- but many of the actors who play his housemates ''are''.

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* In ''Film/IAmSam'', Sean Penn, Penn is, of course, is not really developmentally mentally disabled -- but as are in real life many of the actors who play his housemates ''are''.housemates.
13th Jun '16 8:00:25 PM AnotherDuck
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--->"My disability is a huge thing to some people, but to me it's just a personal characteristic like hair color. I'm hoping that in a few years, it won't even be an issue for me as an actor because it will be so commonplace."

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--->"My -->"My disability is a huge thing to some people, but to me it's just a personal characteristic like hair color. I'm hoping that in a few years, it won't even be an issue for me as an actor because it will be so commonplace."
13th Jun '16 7:56:16 PM AnotherDuck
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** The only time in Hall's entire career that he was ever hired for a role ''because'' of his disability was when he played the amputee Mobile Infantry recruiter in''Film/StarshipTroopers''.

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** The only time in Hall's entire career that he was ever hired for a role ''because'' of his disability was when he played the amputee Mobile Infantry recruiter in''Film/StarshipTroopers''.in ''Film/StarshipTroopers''.
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.
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