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RJ Mitte from 'Breaking Bad' Wants to See More People With Disabilities in Hollywood

RJ Mitte from 'Breaking Bad' Wants to See More People With Disabilities in Hollywood

RJ Mitte, aka Walter White Jr. on Breaking Bad, is calling for greater media representation of people who are living with disabilities.

According to the Irish Examiner, research from 2014 discovered that only 2.5 percent of people in major roles in popular media had a disability.

The 24-year-old actor, who has mild cerebral palsy, will be covering the 2016 Paralympic Games for U.K.’s Channel 4 starting on September 7 in Rio.

“I’m really looking forward to co-presenting the Paralympics and I truly hope Rio 2016 will open up further opportunities for other disabled actors in TV,” RJ shared during the Edinburgh TV Festival.

“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without my disability,” RJ continued. “I utilized everything I know about living with cerebral palsy for my role in Breaking Bad. It was my acting ability that landed me the role, although my disability helped get me the part of Walt Junior – like everyone else, I went through a grueling audition process.”

“If we can make this happen,” RJ added. “We will in turn help change attitudes towards disability across the world.”

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  • LaCroix

    yet everyone is stuck on the color of someone’s skin.

  • Dee

    at least u are.

  • Koos

    so bring in the laughs, hahahahahahahahahaha!!

  • Jenny from the flop

    i get what he means, but you should never wish for more people to have disabilities

  • Lord Humungus

    Here’s a novel idea: if a script calls for a disabled person to be cast, then they’ll find one. Mindblowing, I know.

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  • disqus_8fztge031k

    I always thought they should have made a spin off about him called “old spastic legs” where he gets into all sorts of adventures against brad, tad and chad, the high school bullies. for example there could be one where he ends up on the football team, limping his way up field and wacking chad in the head with his crutches. at the end of every episode he wakes up in bed and it was all a dream and he’s made a mess in his pants. I even wrote a theme tune “the spastic legged boy! witht he heart of gold. the spastic legged boy! he’ll always do what he’s told” and he could be tap dancing around singing it

  • Sprite

    “we are the boys also girls to entertain you”
    “Boys/Girls From The Dwarf”
    “Big Bang Theory Dad/Mum’s Army”

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