'Eternals,' Marvel's ' Earn Recognition for Disability Representation (Exclusive)

'Eternals,' Marvel's ' Earn Recognition for Disability Representation (Exclusive) ...

Due to two of the company's superheroes, Marvel Studios has received another honor.

The Seal recognizes movies and television shows featuring actors with disabilities in roles with at least five lines of dialogue.

Both Eternals' Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) and Hawkeye's Echo (Alaqua Cox) are superpowered individuals who also have disabilities.

She is full of love and wisdom. She is mighty, charismatic, mysterious and mischievous. We are very lucky to have discovered Lauren Ridloff, our real-life Makkari, Zhao said. She has brought this character to life with love and conviction and has taught us so much in the process.

Both Ridloff and Cox are deaf, and the latter is an amputee who uses a prosthetic leg.

"We wanted to honor and honor both Deaf and Native American people," says Alaqua Cox, who leads casting for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "We wished we could have a lot of experience seeing her through the process and seeing her as a real-life hero." "We were thankful that [Ridloff] was overly well-qualified to join an already high-level cast."

The Ruderman Family Foundation's latest round of television features is rounded out with three functions:

  • HBO Maxs : While longtime Sex and the City franchise player David Eigenberg, who plays fan favorite Steve Brady, brought his real-life experience of hearing loss to the characters evolution, the sequel series also brought in Tony winner Ali Stroker, who uses a wheelchair, in for an episode as Chloe. Weve been fans of Alis work since we met her, and its exciting watching her talent become ever more widely recognized, so much so that Michael Patrick King wrote this role specifically for her, casting director Bernie Telsey said in a statement. Added co-casting director Tiffany Little Canfield, Ali Sroker is one of our favorite actors, an artist who has paved the way for many differently abled artists to come after her. Shes a trailblazer, and it has been an honor cast her in our projects. I look forward to casting her for years to come!
  • NBCs : John Gluck, who has collagen VI muscular dystrophy, played Christopher, Lucas and Zeke three variations on the same character, who all have muscular dystrophy, on the Sliding Doors-style what if drama. My son Zeke lives with spinal muscular atrophy, so it was a very personal decision to make our main character, Joe Kimbreau, a special needs parent and to tell stories from the unique perspective of my own family experience, co-creator and showrunner Garret Lerner said in a statement. Honestly, the most gratifying part of making Ordinary Joe was finding John Gluck, giving him this opportunity and watching him shine. And the greatest reward was seeing how hes been embraced by the disabled community and how important his casting has been to so many people. When my own son thanked me for casting the role with proper representation, well that was a career and life highlight.
  • Hulus : James Caverly, who is deaf, has been called a for his role as tenant Theo, who takes center stage in the seventh episode of the acclaimed mystery comedys first season. When we first wrote the character of Theo Dimas and the subsequent episode The Boy From 6B, we immediately committed ourselves to casting a deaf actor as Theo, co-creator and showrunner John Hoffman said in a statement. In finding James Caverly, we not only benefited from his remarkable talents, but also from the sharing of his vast knowledge, personal experience and his advocacy on how best to authentically represent a deaf character in the most truthful and connective way for our audience.

"We are extremely pleased to witness this latest group of studio productions embody the essential values of inclusion and authentic representation in their casting decisions," said the president of the Ruderman Family Foundation. "These practices are increasingly becoming the norm in Hollywood, with the genuine casting of Lauren Ridloff in Eternals and Alaqua Cox in Hawkeye marking a particularly high-profile and tragic milestone for Marvel and the entire entertainment industry. Each time a casting director or other executive makes such a decision, it facilitates the industry'

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