Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Kevin Hart have a challenging task with The Upside, as it is a remake of the critically acclaimed 2011 feature The Intouchables.
The story centers on a quadriplegic rich man’s (Cranston) gradual friendship with the ex-convict (Hart) who takes care of him. The tale is inspired by the relationship between French businessman Philippe Pozzo Di Borgo and his caretaker Abdel Sellou.
“He was very gracious and willing to tell me what he could of himself and his life,” said Cranston who discusses his own contact with Di Borgo. “And he had no delusions of what he is and what his life is like. It’s challenging, still to this day. He’s been in the chair for 25 years and that’s a long time for someone who is in that position. He lives in Morocco and he and Abdel are still friends to this day.”
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The Upside, directed by Neil Burger (Limitless) opens nationwide January 11.