Disability isn’t a bad break, says Paralympics commentator RJ

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Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte is commentating on the Paralympics for Channel 4.

The actor, who suffers from cerebral palsy, said: “These people can do things most others can only dream of.

“I can’t wait to see the athletes that want it. Not just want it – but they need it.”

RJ is a massive sports fan and wants an end to the “haven’t they done well” mentality sometimes directed at those with disabilities.

He says he wants the athletes to be seen for what they are – competitors.

“We need to show having a disability doesn’t make you weak, it doesn’t make you prey. It makes you a predator.”

RJ was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was three. It’s a   problem affecting movement, control and muscle development.

He said: “These athletes train just as hard if not harder than able-bodied athletes to get where they are today.”

As Walt Jr in Breaking Bad, he played a young man who also had cerebral palsy. But the disability didn’t define the character.

RJ says he’ll never get a gig like Breaking Bad again but says the show gave him a career and opportunities that would’ve been impossible before the show.

Like working as a reporter for the Paralympics.

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