Actor With Disabilities Wants to Choose ‘Inspirational’ Roles
By Movieguide® Staff
Actor RJ Mitte may have cerebral palsy, but that doesn’t hold him back from a fulfilling career. Rather, the TRIUMPH actor wants to use his career to inspire people and promote the inclusivity of people with disabilities in Hollywood.
“I try to find projects that are relevant [and] have the inspirational aspect,” Mitte told Fox News. “At the same time, [I hope] people can watch and enjoy and potentially when you see a film like this, you’re going to change your view on how you view people with disabilities and how you view not just other people, but your own self. So for me, that’s a key factor in every [project] I pick.”
One of those inspirational roles is the movie TRIUMPH, in theaters now.
According to the Movieguide® review:
TRIUMPH is an inspiring sports drama about a high school senior with cerebral palsy affecting his left arm and leg and his speech. Mike Conley wants to join his new school’s wrestling team. Mike impresses the coach with his perseverance and hard work, but Mike fails to make the team. He agrees to become student manager for the team, however. Unexpectedly, Mike gets a chance to compete in some matches, but he loses every match. Then, his best friend, Jeff, the team’s star player, is injured in a fall. Can Mike help Jeff recover full use of his legs? Will Mike ever win a wrestling match?TRIUMPH tells a stirring, morally uplifting story about perseverance, hard work, kindness, and sacrifice. The acting is uniformly excellent. TRIUMPH has a strong moral worldview, with some redemptive content. There’s also a positive reference to God knowing the future. This positive content is marred by some Romantic, humanist elements and comments promoting following your heart and self-determination. TRIUMPH also has some obscenities. Because of that, and the Romantic, humanist content, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
Mitte says he’s received positive feedback for his performances.
“I’ve definitely had had positive feedback on what I’ve done in my career when it comes to my activism and advocacy,” he said. “I’ve definitely seen my work pay off over the decade and change mentalities either firsthand or third.
“I think it’s so important to have both sides of this coin to be able to have a well-rounded discussion and views on what we want to see and what we don’t want to see,” Mitte added. “That’s so crucial.”
TRIUMPH is in theaters now and will be on demand in June.