‘Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator. Me…If I say I don’t mean him to be disabled then that’s it. A fictional doctor can’t come along and prove me wrong…Derek is “different”…But then so are a lot of people….
If [Derek] had any specific and defined disability I would either get an actor with that disability to play the role or I would make sure I was an expert in that disability and the best person for the job…There are of course times when it is necessary for an able bodied actor to play a disabled role,” he said. “Born on the 4th of July for example needed an actor to play both a disabled character and an able bodied character. It was naturally easier for Tom Cruise to sit in a wheelchair for half the movie than for a paraplegic to run around for half the movie.’ Ricky Gervais
A Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, speaking anonymously with AOL’s PopEater.
Dear Hollywood: Get over yourself. Sincerely, Humor.
All I’m going to say is, what a bunch of pussies. You can’t nominate a film like The Tourist for any sort of award and expect people to take you seriously.