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.

two actors from the film 'Produce' 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.”

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