'Breaking Bad' actor RJ Mitte: 'We need more disabled actors on TV'

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Star played Walter White Jr in AMC hit drama

Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte is calling for the number of disabled actors on TV to be increased.

The star, who is set to co-host Channel 4′s Paralympic Games coverage, has cerebral palsy and his character in the cult series, Walter White Jr, also had the condition.

A study of more than 250 of the most popular programmes in 2014 found only 2.5% of people on screen were disabled, according to the Irish Examiner.

Mitte said he hoped the forthcoming Paralympics coverage can help change global attitudes to disability.

He said: “I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without my disability. I utilised everything I know about living with cerebral palsy for my role in Breaking Bad.

“It was my acting ability that landed me the role, although my disability helped get me the part of Walt Junior – like everyone else I went through a gruelling audition process.

“I’m really looking forward to co presenting the Paralympics and I truly hope Rio 2016 will open up further opportunities for other disabled actors in TV. If we can make this happen, we will in turn help change attitudes towards disability across the world.”

Coverage of the Rio Paralympic Games starts on September 7.

Mitte previously said he was planning to start a music career. He added: “I’m learning guitar, I’m learning piano. I have a bit of an issue as I only have one good hand and one good ear, but I’m slowly getting over it one day at a time. We’ll see what happens. I love music. My house is constantly filled with music – from vinyl to the thousands and thousands of songs on my hard drive.”

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