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The Upside, directed by Neil Burger and based on the 2011 French hit The Intouchables, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. According to Variety, Cranston announced that he and Hart are working on the movie’s sequel during a forthcoming episode of Bill Maher’s Club Random podcast. This Thursday sees the airing of the episode in which the Breaking Bad star broke the news. Regarding the future film, Cranston said, “We’re doing a sequel to that.”
Bryan Cranston also discussed the criticism he had for playing a person with a disability in The Upside while not having a disability himself in the interview, saying:
“I got a lot of shit for that. I am an able-bodied actor playing a disabled actor. I was pretty surprised that I got some blowback to it, and I thought, ‘There’s a good point, that disabled actors are not given an opportunity.’ It’s a kind of a catch-22 that… it’s like, ‘Do you have the cache to be able to carry a film?’”
In both The Upside and its French version, Philip Lacasse (Cranston), a paraplegic billionaire, and Dell Scott (Hart), a newly released prisoner who is employed by Lacasse to care for him, form an unlikely bond. As their friendship takes unforeseen turns, Scott and Lacasse are forced to learn a lot from one another.
Despite the movie’s lack of critical acclaim, it was able to divert the careers of both stars. In the 2008 AMC crime thriller Breaking Bad, Cranston played Walter White, a schoolteacher who turns into a drug dealer. Hart, on the other hand, became well-known through his stand-up routines and comedy parts in movies like Central Intelligence. The two weren’t typically portrayed in comedic dramas, so it was unusual to see them in one.
The first film, which was helmed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, took home the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie was chosen as France’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, however, the AMPAS did not submit it (Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences). Philippe was portrayed by François Cluzet in the lead role, and Bakary Bassari was played by Omar Sy in a breakthrough performance (the French version of the role Hart would play years later).
Recently, Cranston played Michael Desiato in the Showtime drama Your Honor. Judge Desiato is placed in a challenging situation when his son becomes involved in criminal activity. Critics gave Your Honor a mixed reception when it first came out, and the legal drama didn’t wrap up for another two seasons.
Hart’s next film appearance will be in Lift, a heist thriller on Netflix that also features Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Ursula Corbero. This month, the company made a promotional image for the movie, which is set to hit theatres on August 25.
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