Adam Pearson speaks out against how actors with disabilities are only offered certain types of roles: ‘lazy writing’

by VANESSA ETIENNE

British actor Adam Pearson is speaking out about the stereotypical roles that are usually offered to actors with disabilities.

The A Different Man star, 39, recently spoke to Variety about how these roles typically come across as inauthentic on screen.

“Normally there are three kinds of roles or tropes or stereotypes, whatever vernacular one wants to use,” he explained. “There’s either the villain — that because I have a disfigurement, I want to kill Batman or James Bond. Then there’s the victim — the ‘woe is me,’ small violin.” 

“And then there’s the hero — that because I have a disfigurement but do regular dude stuff, whatever regular dude stuff is, I’m somehow braver than the average guy,” he said.

Pearson then agreed that the creatives have a responsibility to address these stereotypes when writing scripts.

“I think it’s lazy writing,” he admitted. “Why are non-disabled people writing about disability without consultation? Because when that happens, the end result you might get it right once but nine times out of 10 it’s going to be really inauthentic and inaccurate and serve not only the disabled community accordingly but disabled cinema lovers accordingly.”

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