Creating Authentic Autistic TV Characters
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Alex Plank, the consultant on FX's The Bridge, has Aspergers and works closely with actress Diane Krueger and the show's creators to authenticate her character. Max Burkholder is not on the autism spectrum, but he plays a boy with Aspergers on NBC's Parenthood. Both talk about making autistic characters authentic.
Banner image: Alex Plank on the set of The Bridge
Hollywood News Banter ()
Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times discuss some of this week's top entertainment news stories.
- What are the Hollywood Film Awards?
- Movies get pushed out of 2013 and out of the awards season, including Monuments Men and Foxcatcher.
- The director of Grace of Monaco lashes out at Harvey Weinstein, the film's distributor, for re-cutting his movie.
- Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt steps away from writing the next installment of Star Wars, leaving Lawrence Kasdan to work on the script with director J.J. Abrams.
Consulting on Autism ()
Alex Plank co-created WrongPlanet.net, an online autism community. He also hosts and produces the online series Autism Talk TV. Over the past year he has worked as a consultant on the FX series The Bridge. He works with actress Diane Kruger, who plays a character on the autism spectrum, and the writers and producers of the series to bring authenticity to that character. Plank is also in post-production on the documentary Shameful about how children with autism are mistreated in France.
Alex Plank with Diane Kruger on the soundstage of "The Bridge"
Acting Autistic ()
Actor Max Burkholder plays Max Braverman, a boy with Asperger's, on NBC's series Parenthood, now in its fifth season. Burkholder talks with Kim Masters about how he embodies the role and how he wishes he were more like his character.
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