Did CODA Have Deaf Actors?
The answer is a resounding yes! The movie CODA, which stands for “Child of Deaf Adults”, featured three deaf actors in its cast. Rikki Poynter, a 30-year-old YouTuber, writer and accessibility expert, told TODAY via email that “all three deaf characters are played by three actually deaf people.” This means that the American Sign Language (ASL) used in the movie was accurate and authentic.
The movie follows the story of Ruby, a young woman who is the only hearing member of her deaf family. The three deaf actors in the movie, Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, and Daniel Durant, each brought their own experiences to their roles. This added a layer of realism and richness to the movie that would have been missing had the roles been filled by non-deaf actors.
The movie has been praised for its accurate representation of the deaf community and its positive portrayal of deaf characters. This is due in large part to the casting of deaf actors in the movie. The movie has also been praised for its accurate use of ASL, which was made possible by the casting of deaf actors.
The movie CODA is a great example of how casting deaf actors can make a movie more accurate and authentic. It is a great example of how casting deaf actors can make a movie more inclusive and representative of the deaf community. The movie is a testament to the importance of casting deaf actors in movies that feature deaf characters.