I can remember feeling very angry, and saying no! I can do it myself! From that point of view it was very emotional for me to get myself to the point to sit in the chair and be "up".
Sit Point Get
I never wanted to be a star, I just wanted to get work.
I read the script, and I knew it was a good part. It was written for a white actor. That's what I'm up against - I have to try to make roles happen for me that aren't written black.
Try Me Against
I wanted to make a movie, because the whole life of the movies appealed to me. You work hard for three or four months, then you don't work at all for a couple of months.
Wanted Whole Life
It turned out to be exactly that, but more challenging emotionally. I looked at it in a more physical way, having to act in a chair and move around. But it really was more emotionally challenging.
Around Turned Chair
It would be like the films I've seen where wardens would decide to be in a jail cell for a week, to get a sense of what it would be like to be a prisoner.
I think everybody at some point - especially if they've been working their whole lives - should take time out and think about what they've done.
About Been I Think
They were very generous with me. Everybody was willing to talk about their particular accident, what they had to deal with and how they got back in touch with their competitors' spirit.
Were Had Everybody
I don't remember not dancing. When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance.
Could Dancing Talk