A different manAdam Pearson speaks out about the harmful tropes that continue to plague disabled actors in Hollywood.
During a recent interview with Variety, Adam, along with costars Sebastian Stan and Renate Reinsve, discussed the world premiere of their new film A24 at Sundance. In doing so, Adam shared his frustration with how disabled actors are integrated into storylines.
A different man is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Edward, a man who undergoes facial reconstructive surgery and later becomes obsessed with an actor in a theater production from Edward's previous life.
And for those who don't know, Adam suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors, usually non-cancerous, to grow along your nerve tissues.
The British actor and presenter shared his experience of the stereotypes disabled actors are often subjected to, as well as the patterns he hopes Hollywood will get rid of when it comes to representation.
“Normally there are three types of roles, tropes or stereotypes, regardless of what vernacular one wants to use,” Adam said. Variety. “Either the bad guy or because I have a disfigurement, I want to kill Batman or James Bond. And then there is the victim: the “woe is me”, little violin.
“And then there's the hero: because I have a disfigurement but I do regular guy stuff, whatever regular guy stuff is, I'm somehow braver than the average guy.”
He then explained how dangerous it was for actors with disabilities to be typecast in these types of stories.
“I think it’s lazy writing,” Adam added. “Why do non-disabled people write about disability without consultation? Because when that happens, maybe the end result will be successful once.”
“But nine times out of ten it will be really inauthentic and inaccurate, and serve not only the disabled community, but disabled moviegoers as well.”
Rather, it is a reason why we will never tire of shouting: REPRESENTATION MATTERS! For more from Adam, check out the full Variety interview below:
A different man is currently screening at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.