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    Wheelchair Folk in TV/Movies

    Hey guys. I just wanted to point out the recent increase in actors portaying the wheelchair bound in new movies and TV shows. I don't think many if any of them have an actual SCI but I think it helps people get used to seeing it and helps them understand the problems we face everyday in our hectic lives. The new Fox show "Brothers" that had it's season premiere on Fox on Sunday has ex NFL star Michael Strahan starring along with his wheelchair bound brother. It is a comedy that has some more raunchy parts in it (like when thier father said he shaved his "willy' LOL) but also has a more serious side as well. In the story line, the man in the wheelchair is mad at Strahans character for being late when picking him up at a bar and he went home with his drunk friend instead and ended up being in a car crash that left him paralyzed. A movie called "The Ex" (now playing on Comedy Central) starring Zach Braff from "Scrubs" has him moving back to Ohio with his wife and new baby to escape the hectic life of NYC and they run into his wifes old fellow male cheerleader who had a one night stand with her in highschool. This guy is now in a wheelchair and is creating some problems with Zack Braffs character because of the one night stand he had with his wife years ago. Actually, this movie may hurt our image a bit because the man in the wheelchair is faking it and can actually walk just fine but we need all the publicity we can get. Also, I just watched an Irish Indie film titled "Rory O'Shea Was Here" which followed the life of a quad with Muscular Dystrophy. He ends up in a nursing home for the disabled and met another man in a wheelchair who had a very big speech impediment and Rory was the only person this man has ever met who could understand waht he was saying. They befriended and ended up getting an apartment together along with a cute young caregiver to help out. Rory ended up showing the man with the speech problem that there was more to life than the nursing home and really adressed the many issues of the publics image of people in wheelchairs and problems with accessability. It was sad at the end because Rorys character ended up passing away but I think this movie really helped more than any other one I have seen. If anyone else has any good suggestions for movies or shows that really brings our struggle to the eye of the public I would like to hear about it. I think after seeing what Christopher Reeve has done for us it really helps our cause when we have things like this put out into the media. Before I had my accident, I will admit that I really had no idea how much came with this lifestyle and wished I knew more then and could have maybe helped out people in wheelchairs more when I was able bodied. Well, I along with my VFW have helped veterans in wheelchairs at the VA. We would hold Bingo for them and they would win prizes and we would serve them coffee and cake and they would talk my ear off but I really didn't know everything they had to go through. Actually, it's funny and eerie that I mentioned that, here's why- There was a WW2 veteran there named Kenny. He lost both his legs above the knees and and was in a wheelcahir. He would pull out his old photo of his wife he met in WW2 who happened to be a nurse. As for me, my name is Kenny too. I am a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I lost both legs above the knees and am in a wheelchair and my wife is an RN too, eerie huh? Sorry for getting off topic, just thought i'd point out the wierd similarity. Talk about forshadowing or something like that! Anyways, take care all!
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    "Rory O'Shea Was Here" is a very good movie. I have seen it twice on the tv and it made me cry in the end
    TH 12, 43 years post

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    The actor using the chair in "Brothers" is Darryl "Chill" Mitchell, who became paralyzed well into his acting career. Some of his better known roles were in the movie Galaxy Quest (before chair) and the TV show Ed (after chair).

    I really enjoyed the first two episodes of Brothers. I'm a huge fan of CCH Pounder, who plays the Mom, and was pleased that they gave her some great dialogue to work with. I was especially impressed with this exchange she had with Michael Strahan, after he told her he took it easy on his brother when they played basketball because his brother was in a chair:

    He is not in that wheelchair. When you are in something, it dominates you, it controls you. You are in the ocean, you are in quicksand. That chair does not control your brother. He uses it as a tool to get around in the same way you use those skinny legs. He is not in that chair, he is *on* that chair.
    Beyond that, the show was a decent mix of crip humor and non-crip humor. A running joke was about how Chill's mom keeps sticking a fork in his leg. He thinks she does it because she thinks he's faking. She later explains she does it in the hope that one day he'll say "Ow." Pretty real sentiment from a Mom. The show is worth checking out.

    I love, love, love "Rory O'Shea." His friend with cerebral palsy, with whom he successfully conspires to break out of the nursing home so that they can live independently in their own apartment, not only has a CP accent, he has an Irish CP accent. I'm pretty fluent in most CP dialects (thanks to a great guy back in Michigan), but it took me a bit to tune into the Rory O'Shea co-star because of the Irish twang he also had. Fabulous movie about truly living life to the fullest.

    If you haven't seen it already, The Waterdance is a must see. It follows Eric Stoltz, an author, from days after an auto accident that leaves him paralyzed through his time in rehab in a six person ward (Wesley Snipes plays a fellow patient) to his return to the outside world. Helen Hunt plays his love interest with whom he has been having an affair (she is married) and the movie does an outstanding job of showing how the disability affects their relationship. Very realistic portrayal.

    Great post, Ken. I'd like to ask a favor of you, though -- would you please try to break up long posts like these into smaller paragraphs? It's really hard for some folks like me to focus and keep track of where I'm at when there's so much text all jammed together like that. Breaking it up adds white space that makes it so much easier to read for folks like me who take lots of meds that affect concentration and have less than great vision, even with the aid of glasses. You have lots of interesting things to say, so I'd like to be sure that I'm getting it all. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehipcrip View Post
    The actor using the chair in "Brothers" is Darryl "Chill" Mitchell, who became paralyzed well into his acting career. Some of his better known roles were in the movie Galaxy Quest (before chair) and the TV show Ed (after chair).

    I really enjoyed the first two episodes of Brothers. I'm a huge fan of CCH Pounder, who plays the Mom, and was pleased that they gave her some great dialogue to work with. I was especially impressed with this exchange she had with Michael Strahan, after he told her he took it easy on his brother when they played basketball because his brother was in a chair:



    Beyond that, the show was a decent mix of crip humor and non-crip humor. A running joke was about how Chill's mom keeps sticking a fork in his leg. He thinks she does it because she thinks he's faking. She later explains she does it in the hope that one day he'll say "Ow." Pretty real sentiment from a Mom. The show is worth checking out.

    I love, love, love "Rory O'Shea." His friend with cerebral palsy, with whom he successfully conspires to break out of the nursing home so that they can live independently in their own apartment, not only has a CP accent, he has an Irish CP accent. I'm pretty fluent in most CP dialects (thanks to a great guy back in Michigan), but it took me a bit to tune into the Rory O'Shea co-star because of the Irish twang he also had. Fabulous movie about truly living life to the fullest.

    If you haven't seen it already, The Waterdance is a must see. It follows Eric Stoltz, an author, from days after an auto accident that leaves him paralyzed through his time in rehab in a six person ward (Wesley Snipes plays a fellow patient) to his return to the outside world. Helen Hunt plays his love interest with whom he has been having an affair (she is married) and the movie does an outstanding job of showing how the disability affects their relationship. Very realistic portrayal.

    Great post, Ken. I'd like to ask a favor of you, though -- would you please try to break up long posts like these into smaller paragraphs? It's really hard for some folks like me to focus and keep track of where I'm at when there's so much text all jammed together like that. Breaking it up adds white space that makes it so much easier to read for folks like me who take lots of meds that affect concentration and have less than great vision, even with the aid of glasses. You have lots of interesting things to say, so I'd like to be sure that I'm getting it all. Thanks!
    Thanks hip. I'm sorry about that, I usually do break up stuff like that but I was being lazy. After knowing you are interested in reading my posts I will definitely make it more easily readable. Thanks for recommending The Waterdance, I will definitely check it out.
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    I love Waterdance and often say it is proof that Wesley Snipes can actually act (rather than the crap he has spent most of his career doing). Of course I love Eric Stoltz in just about anything. I like how real the nurses are too!

    I also like Passionfish, Coming Home, and a little film called Good Luck! with Gregory Hines and Vincent D'Onofrio (1996). Of course you can go way back to The Men with Marlon Brando (1950) too. I also enjoyed Warm Springs with Kenneth Branagh as FDR.

    Here is an interesting site that lists a lot of different movies that involve various disabilities. One of my favorites that is hard to find is Gaby: A true story which is actually an autobiographical film about a woman with CP. Liv Ullmann plays the mother.

    http://www.disabilityfilms.co.uk/


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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    "Rory O'Shea Was Here" is a very good movie. I have seen it twice on the tv and it made me cry in the end
    This was a great movie and I too cried.

    In the USA the movie was seen and known as .. "Inside I'm Dancing" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417791/

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelchairTITAN View Post
    This was a great movie and I too cried.

    In the USA the movie was seen and known as .. "Inside I'm Dancing" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417791/
    I live in the US and I just watched it on Netflix and it was titled "Rory O'Shea Was Here". I guess you mean when it was in theaters. In fact, I forgot to mention, if anyone has Netflix you can watch it instantly on your computer.
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    I almost forgot a BIG ONE! Born on the Fourth of July! It's based on the true story of Ron Kovic and stars Tom Cruise along with a few other big names. It is very graphic though and actually leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, but it is positive at the same time as well. I cringe when I watch that movie and it actually brings back some very painful memories for me, but that's life!
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    I had a small "extra" role on HBO's the Wire a few years ago. If I can dig up the clip, I'll post it. I think it was Season 4, Episode 4 about 40 minutes in. The scene was Carcetti addressing a counsel of local ministers making his run for Mayor. At first I was in the back of the room, but then the directer had me move to the front where I was prominently featured. It was great and people from everywhere recognized me.
    There was also a regular on the show that was AB but played a politician or activist in an electric wheelchair.
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    Mike, that is awesome. I'm about to start season 4 of The Wire, so I'll look out for you. That series has already become one of my all-time favourites, now I'll like it even more.

    I was also quite impressed with the Jason Street character on Friday Night Lights. Along with the social segregation, they didn't shy away from a lot of the little sci details that you almost never see on tv (leg bags, clawed hands, assisted transfers, dirty hair & pasty skin, etc). Great stuff and another fantastic show.

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