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RJ Mitte speaks out on bigotry

RJ Mitte is shocked by discrimination towards disabled people.

The American star was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects movement and co-ordination, at the age of three but that didn't stop him from pursuing his acting dream. He's best known for his role as Walter White Jr. in hit TV series Breaking Bad and sported crutches for the part, but it was when he portrayed a character in a wheelchair that his eyes were really opened to people's prejudice.

"There's a lot of bigotry and you have people in the world who are just stupid. You can't fix that. I played a character in a wheelchair in a movie and people who didn't realise I can walk treated me differently," he recalled to British newspaper Metro. "I couldn't figure it out but then I saw it happening to my friends who are in chairs and realised it was discrimination. People are afraid of what they don't understand. A physical disability sometimes scares people if they haven't been around it. I just want people to see that disability is normal - anyone could end up in a chair, it could happen to you."

RJ, 22, began Breaking Bad when he was 14; just a year after he started acting. He will always be grateful for winning the "role of a lifetime" and still keeps in contact with his castmates, including onscreen father and main man Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

Next year spin-off prequel Better Call Saul will hit the small screen, following the antics of lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). It's been rumoured Bryan and Aaron Paul, Walter's partner in crime Jesse Pinkman, will make a cameo and RJ can't wait to tune in.

"Yes and no. I'm excited and can't wait to see the show - but in its own entity. I'm really excited to see it as a viewer," he smiled, when asked if he's disappointed at not being a part of the programme.

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