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Actors lied about disabilities for role in new movie

 Kiera Allen starring in Run
Kiera Allen starring in Run Image credit: moviemaker.com

Most actors would admit to telling a few white lies when trying to secure a role in a movie at some part in their career, but a handful of the cast of Run took lying to a whole new level.

Centring on a wheelchair-bound character confined to their four walls the story is even more relevant in 2020 when the UK population is going through waves of lockdowns.

Originally slated for a cinema release Run, directed by Aneesh Chaganty and his creative partners Sev Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian, is now being released on the streaming service Hulu in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohanian told MovieMaker a few actors desperate to star in the flick pretended they had a disability after discovering the part would go to a disabled person.

He said: There were a couple of young ladies we saw that submitted themselves as people with disabilities. And we were like, wow, they’re really talented… but somebody looked them up on Instagram. There were videos of them walking on the beach from like, two hours ago.’

The part finally went to 20-year-old student Kiera Allen from Columbia University after she submitted a video of herself on an arm bike to the Rocky theme tune.

It seems as if the filmmakers made the right choice as Allen has received critical acclaim from the media ahead of the movie’s general release this week.

Run drops on Hulu on Friday 20 November.