Mar. 2nd, 2012

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Well, I've got a fantastic script for a short film about my life floating around in my head, and when I have more time I WILL write it all down and post it - you know, just a short, two scenes or something, the kind of thing you'd see on the IFC between other shows. But I'm stuck on who would play me. Your thoughts?

There isn't really anyone people have ever told me I resemble - I do remember watching The Craft with my friends in middle school and we were each one of those girls - I was the mixed-race girl with the crazy hair, without discussion or personality comparison, because I'm ethnic-looking I suppose. I was also always, without question, Scary Spice, not cause I'm scary (but the friend who got to be Sporty Spice was sporty...) but again because she was the only non-white Spice Girl and I guess I don't look white either. Once me and Bevan were watching TV at work and there was a short news clip about "the most beautiful woman in the world" and he was like, "oh, she looks like you" and I was like, NICE TRY, are you for real? I look like the MOST beautiful woman in the world? And he was like, yeah you have that same look, dark eyes and dark eyebrows and some kind of secretive expression, it's hot. ...That is actually the only time anyone has ever said I legitimately looked like someone famous.

Thing is... who would play me in a movie? I have a pretty fake-able disability, I'm sure an actress could convincingly use a wheelchair for a ten-minute film. But I've never been quite sure what to think about AB actors playing disabled characters - surely there are disabled actors out there who are plenty talented and don't even have to waste their energy learning to fake being paralyzed for a film. Especially if it's not even the focus of the film.

I feel like because I have a disability myself, I should have a stronger opinion about this - that it is WRONG to cast AB actors in disabled parts, or that it doesn't matter, acting is acting. But what I'm more caught up on is that my movie (that does not and will never exist - stretch your imagination for me here) would prob get more attention for being creative and unusual and interesting because one of the characters is disabled - it would take an ordinary, maybe self-important couple scenes, and make them that much more of note. The description, even though it wouldn't pertain to the plot, would include the wheelchair. If the actress was disabled in real life, any description of HER would include her wheelchair.

In other words... it's a STATEMENT, whether I want it to be or not.

Anyway, go ahead. You tell me who should play me, and I'll write that script out. That counts as something creative, right?

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