Monday, 19 September 2016

Quasimodo deaf actor: It's NOT typecasting ?

Deaf actor John McGinty is playing Quasimodo in the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. McGinty is "the first deaf actor to portray Quasimodo, despite the character being deaf in Victor Hugo’s novel,"

Clutching straws springs to mind, he was 'deafened' by the bells not a born deaf signer or anything.  He was also a hunchback with a facial disfigurement, isn't this some attempt at typecasting equality ? a Deaf person in a 'deaf' role ?

Maybe Quasimodo used ASL too... but at least he had a speaking voice in the film...

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