Why This Film's Entire Cast and Crew Pledged to Stop Saying the 'R' Word
A few months ago, we told you that the best part of an upcoming film called “Produce” is the story behind it. That still holds true.
“Produce” follows a friendship between a former professional baseball player (played by Kristoffer Polaha) and a grocery store clerk (David DeSanctis). Behind the lens, DeSanctis, a 21-year-old first-time professional actor who has Down syndrome, affected everyone he met on set — including the film’s director, Chris Dowling and its producers.
Thus formed this pledge: no one — not cast, crew nor extras — would use the “R” word. On or off set. Because “mental retardation” — which used to be but no longer is a medical term — is so often used in a derogatory way, the “Produce” team joined the effort to “Spread the word to end the word.”
We’re on board, too.
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