In the wake of the controversy surrounding Bryan Cranston’s being cast as a quadriplegic man in his film The Upside, actor Jameela Jamil has come up with an interesting revelation. The 32-year-old was born partially deaf but regained most of her hearing after a series of childhood operations. Weighing in on the on-going debate of Hollywood not giving enough opportunities to the deserving actors, she shared about a role which she turned down for the same. She revealed that she preferred that role go to an actor who is actually deaf.
“I said it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take that role and they should find a brilliant deaf woman to play that role,” she told the Press Association. “I think you have to make those choices and not be too greedy and make space rather than take space.” She added saying, “I don’t want to be part of erasure.” She also expressed that a 'big change' was needed in the industry and LGBT actors and those with disabilities should be given more roles instead of them being given to the 'big names'.
Coming to the controversy over Cranston playing a quadriplegic in his film, the Breaking Bad star was criticised by the disabled community for potentially taking the role from a disabled actor. Reacting to which, Cranston told the British Press Association, “As actors, we’re asked 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?”