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Cranston: Disabled role is case of Catch-22

Upside: Hart (left) and Cranston

BRYAN CRANSTON has defended playing a disabled character in his latest film amid a debate over Hollywood stars taking roles away from minority groups.

The Breaking Bad star, 62, plays a wheelchair-bound billionaire in comedy drama The Upside. His co-star Kevin Hart, who pulled out of hosting this year’s Oscars after historic homophobic tweets resurfaced, plays his carer.

Cranston said: ‘I think being cast in this role as a quadriplegic really came down to a business decision.

‘As actors we are asked to be other people, to play other people. If I, as a straight, older person, and I’m wealthy, I’m very fortunate, does that mean I can’t play a person who is not wealthy, does that mean I can’t play a homosexual?’

He said it was a ‘case of Catch-22’ and there should be more opportunities for disabled actors. Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the film Rub & Tug last year after a backlash over her being cast as a trans character.