Kevin McHale says he wouldn’t play Artie in a ‘Glee’ reboot

If Glee is ever rebooted, Kevin McHale isn’t signing up for a cancellation.

“I don’t know if Artie could be in it,” McHale told Insider on Wednesday, speaking about Artie Abrams, the character he played on the Fox musical series that ran from 2009-2015. “I don’t know what we know now I don’t think I should play a character who is in a wheelchair. So if they let me grow… play my beard and another character, I will.

Show creator Ryan Murphy floated the idea of ​​a reboot last week during a podcast hosted by McHale and former co-star Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina Cohen-Chang on the show.

“I’m in the phase with this show now, you know where it’s at, well it’s been enough time. Maybe we really should reconsider as a brand,” Murphy told And That’s What You Really Missed. “You know, should we restart it somehow? Should we make this into a Broadway musical somehow?”

Murphy also said on the podcast that “Glee” had been on the air for too long and probably should have ended after star Cory Monteith, who played singing jock Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July 2013.

“Glee” drew early criticism for its portrayal of a person with a disability, which a Guardian opinion writer compared to blackface in 2010. The article pointed to some “abhorrent” Glee episodes, which were praised by able-bodied viewers but deemed “offensive, overbearing, and utterly inaccurate” by disabled viewers.

“The problems with ‘Glee’ highlight much larger problems in the entertainment industry,” the author wrote. “Representation of people with disabilities is limited and often very poor, and disabled actors have few opportunities, partly because of the insistence on casting able-bodied actors in disabled roles. Another show that airs in the US, ‘Covert Affairs’, is also currently covering ‘Cripface’ and there is a long history of casting able-bodied actors in disabled roles.”

Jim Sheridan, director of 1989’s My Left Foot, which won an Oscar for actor Daniel Day-Lewis for playing a man with cerebral palsy, told Sky News last year: “I don’t think it’s right anymore is” to cast able-bodied actors to play disabled characters.

“We’re past that,” Sheridan continued. “In ‘My Left Foot’ we had disabled children in the film and I could understand why Daniel stayed in character and never broke out. He wanted to respect her, so for 20 weeks he stayed in character the whole time, and that’s as far as he could go as a non-disabled person playing a disabled person.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-16/kevin-mchale-artie-glee-reboot-character-wheelchair Kevin McHale says he wouldn’t play Artie in a ‘Glee’ reboot

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