Adam Pearson, a broadcast journalist and producer has said that there is “such a thing as too disabled” when being an actor, after Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston defended playing a disabled man in his latest film.
Mr Pearson told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “Hiring a disabled actor is not always feasible. If we look at Eddie Redmayne in a ‘Theory of Everything’ because that was a biopic that showed an abled body person slowly deteriorating so you could not have used an actor in a wheelchair at all.
“It is not always feasible or possible and there are some limitations that some disabled actors have.
“I think there is such a thing as too disabled because you need to be able to see your marks and hear your cues to do the job.
“I think giving people jobs because they are disabled on tokenism is often dangerous and unhelpful. But it is a conversation we need to have across film and TV.”
Mr Pearson said that “the best actor should always get the role” but casting needs to change.
He added: “I think how we cast is what needs to change. I think we need to look a bit wider and a bit further.
“There needs to be more disabled and minority actors in the room being auditioned.
“Then we might find great new talent that we did not know existed. They get more work and we get more talent and everyone wins.”
Mr Pearson went on to add that there is a “danger” in making this "overly PC”.
“But there is a balance to be struck?” Wright asked.
“There is but I think when people come out at say ‘anyone can play anything’ – no,” Mr Pearson said.