Friday, April 11, 2008

"Blindness" movie trailer out

The much-anticipated film, "Blindness," an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago's 1995 novel about a society in which everyone becomes blind, released its movie trailer April 7.

Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore (pictured above) star, and the twist is that Julianne Moore's character doesn't become blind so has to pretend to be in the new blind-only society.

The film is being directed by Brazilian Fernando Meirelles, who directed 2005's "The Constant Gardener."

I wrote about this film Feb. 1 and hoped that some blind actors would be involved but haven't heard that they are. I wish non-disabled actors who have some connection to disability would think about advocating on behalf of hiring actors with disabilities. Mark Ruffalo survived a benign brain tumor in 2000 that left him with partial paralysis, which was not permanent. Ruffalo is fine stage and screen actor, who is gaining much more power in Hollywood, and I'd love to see him put that power to good use in assisting actors with disabilities to get hired.