August 2, 2021

My Left Foot director calls for actors to stop “tripping” and casts disabled actor as Daniel Day-Lewis if the movie is filmed today

The My Left Foot director said he would cast a disabled actor for the role that earned Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar if the film were made today.

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan told Sky News that he “no longer believes it is appropriate” for “healthy” actors to play disabled characters.

Lewis Day He won a Best Actor Oscar in 1989 for his role as Christy Brown, the Irish artist with cerebral palsy who draws and writes with her left foot.

Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in My Left Foot. Photo: AP

He was there criticism in recent years A prominent figure in the television and film industry is what is known as “paralysis,” which often includes non-disabled actors who mimic the physical characteristics of disabilities to portray disabled characters.

Actress and comedian Sally Phillips has said that it is as unacceptable as a “black face.”

Sheridan, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for his work on My Left Foot, told Sky News: “I don’t think you can pull that off today. I don’t think you can do it without trying to find someone with a physical disability. “(To play the main role).

“I think it is a different world and you will be subject to your duty.”

Sheridan added about non-disabled actors playing disabled roles: “I don’t think that’s true anymore. We are over it ”.

“In My Left Foot, we have disabled children in the movie and I can understand why Daniel stayed in character and never really exploded.

“He wanted to respect them, so he stayed in character the entire time for 20 weeks and that’s all that can come as a physically capable person playing a disabled person.”

Daniel Day-Lewis como Christy Brown en My Left Foot. Imagen: Moviestore / Shutterstock

Sheridan said casting an actor with cerebral palsy for the lead role in My Left Foot would be “great,” adding, “Who wouldn’t be ready for that? Everyone should have access to have their own story told ”.

But the Irish director said that banning non-disabled actors from playing disabled characters would raise questions for the film and television industry.

“Do you have to have someone stutter for me to play, Claudius?” He said, referring to the Roman emperor who had a speech impediment.

Sheridan said she recently saw My Left Foot and still feels “really good” about the movie.

“I think Daniel is amazing,” he said. “I think it did a lot for people with disabilities.”

Sheridan, who also directed Day-Lewis on In The Name Of The Father and The Boxer, said he talks to the star regularly and is “not really surprised” by it. Decision to retire from acting in 2017.

Director Jim Sheridan.  Foto: Sky Studios
Director Jim Sheridan. Foto: Sky Studios

“He’s like Daniel, he’s just fed up,” Sheridan said.

“I think he will come back at some point.”

When asked if he could get Day-Lewis out of retirement, Sheridan replied, “First, I’ll ask if I’m going to bother you by asking.

“And if he says maybe not, I’ll ask him.”

Sheridan’s latest work saw him live and features a new five-part series dealing with the brutal murder of French film producer Sophie Tuscan de Blantyre in West Cork, Ireland, in December 1996.

English journalist Ian Bailey, the site’s first reporter, was found guilty in absentia by a French court in 2019 and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but successfully resisted repeated extradition requests.

Billy still resides in West Cork and maintains his innocence.

Murder At The Cottage: The Search for Justice For Sophie, a Sky Original documentary, airs today, with all episodes available to watch on Sky Crime and NOW TV.