Hawkeye and the Eternals rewarded for their representation of handicaps

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The Hawkeye series and the movie The Eternals from Marvel Studios have just been rewarded for their authentic and respectful representation of people with disabilities.

The Ruderman Family Foundation advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the society. She regularly rewards cinematographic works with a seal of approvalfor those who stage people with authentic disabilities. This is the case of Hawkeye and The Eternals.

The Seal of Authentic Representation for Hawkeye and The Eternals

The two Marvel Studios works have been awarded the Seal of Authentic Representation for their characters deaf and mute. In The Eternalsis the character of makkarian Eternal performed by Lauren Ridloff who is concerned. In the series Hawkeyethis is the antagonist Echoperformed by Alaqua Cox. It is to highlight that Ridloff and Cox are deaf in real lifelike their characters, and that Alaqua Cox also has a prosthetic instead of a amputated leg. Note also that the character of Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, is hearing impaired on the showespecially because of the many explosions he suffered in his career as an Avenger and agent of SHIELD

Disney and Marvel make it a point of honor to best represent the various minorities in their productions in recent years. Having chosen actresses who know about deafness and the treatment of people with disabilities in real life probably counted in the choice of their cast.

Chloe Zhaodirector of The Eternals, told The Hollywood Reporter:

Makkari is full of heart and wisdom. She is strong, charismatic, mysterious and mischievous. We are very lucky to have found Lauren Ridloff, who is our real Makkari! She brought this character to life with love and conviction and taught us a lot in the process.

Sarah Finn, casting director who works on Disney’s Marvel and Lucasfilm productionsExplain :

Not only was Lauren Ridloff overqualified to join an already top-notch cast, but she elevated the ensemble with her unique spirit, talents, and charisma. It was a privilege to know her through the process and to see what a true hero she has become to so many. Alaqua Cox’s character, Maya Lopez/Echo, is based on an existing Marvel character who is deaf and Native American. In choosing the role, we wanted to celebrate and honor both Deaf and Native American cultures. We couldn’t be happier with Alaqua Cox’s performance. She is phenomenal and part of a new culture in film and television, where authentic representation not only matters, but is paramount to the kind of stories we want to tell and how we shape them.

Hawkeye and the Eternals rewarded for their representation of handicaps

During filming, we learned that Both Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld had worked to learn American Sign Language in order to better communicate with Alaqua Cox. Proof that this is more than a role built into the series, this is a industry’s desire to include people with disabilities as much as possible.

Cast actors with disabilities, for disabled characters

Amongst others productions awarded a Seal of Authentic Representationthe foundation has put forward And Just Like That and its characters Steve Brady and Chloe; Ordinary Joe and its characters Christopher, Lucas and Zeke; and Only Murders in the Building, with his character Theo Dimas. All are characters with different disabilities, played by actors and actresses who are victims. Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation, praises the recent productions which highlight this inclusion:

We are thrilled to see this latest group of studio productions implementing the crucial values ​​of inclusion and authentic representation into their casting decisions. These practices are increasingly becoming the norm in Hollywood, with the casting of Lauren Ridloff in The Eternals and Alaqua Cox in Hawkeye marking a particularly high-profile and momentous milestone for Marvel and the entire entertainment industry. Each time a casting director or other leader makes such a decision, it facilitates the industry’s broader journey towards realizing its full potential as a beacon of all forms of diversity and social justice.

Hawkeye is available on Disney+ in France.

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Hawkeye and the Eternals rewarded for their representation of handicaps