In a recent interview, Piers reportedly said: “I don’t think the answer is to just say automatically that every disabled role goes to someone who’s disabled. And the same applies to gay roles.”

He referenced classic films such as Fourth of July, which features Tom Cruise as war veteran Ron Kovic, who was paralysed after an accident.

He also used Tom Hank’s portrayal of lawyer Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia as an example, where the Hollywood legend’s character has AIDS and keeps his homosexuality hidden from his employers.

“It just seems to me just pointless virtue signalling and it probably wouldn’t work because you’re then reliant on actors in most cases that people have never heard of launching a film like, you know, Philadelphia,” Piers continued.



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