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Entertainment Dwayne Johnson honors amputee community with 'Skyscraper'

09:00  12 july  2018
09:00  12 july  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller " Skyscraper ." In the film, Johnson plays the security consultant of a Hong Kong skyscraper who must save his family and the city from harm when it

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller "Skyscraper."

In the film, Johnson plays the security consultant of a Hong Kong skyscraper who must save his family and the city from harm when it becomes engulfed in flames. The problem is intensified when he's framed for starting the blaze.

"I was honored to play an amputee, and to make sure that I did right by them," Johnson said on the red carpet for the film's US premiere Tuesday night. "The research was very extensive. I spent a lot of time with amputees."

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One of those he consulted joined Johnson at the premiere: Jeff Glasbrenner, a Paralympian who became the first American amputee to successfully climb Mount Everest in 2016. Johnson called him "an amazing man."

Of the film, he added: "There's two sides to this. One is a big spectacle, big summer fun. The other side is making sure that we paid homage and respect to amputees around the world."

The film's writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber called it "incredibly important" to represent the amputee community.

"There hasn't been an amputee as the lead of an action film, ever, as far as I know. And I thought it was high time and I hope we're not the last. I think Dwayne worked really, really hard to represent that community and honor that community. And I think he did a fantastic job," Thurber said.

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Paralympian Actress Katy Sullivan Chides Dwayne Johnson For Playing Amputee In ‘Skyscraper’ .
Editors Note: Katy Sullivan is an actor, athlete and bilateral above knee amputee whose credits include My Name Is Earl, Last Man Standing and NCIS: New Orleans as well as the upcoming indie pic Offside. She got her acting start starring onstage in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Chicago production The Long Red Road, and this year was nominated for Lucille Lortel and Drama League awards for her featured role in Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living. A four-time U.S.

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