For our 2013 Great Performances portfolio, TIME spoke with John Hawkes about his role as Mark O’Brien in The Sessions.
Performance: Mark O’Brien in The Sessions
“Mark O’Brien used to say that disabled people are invisible to able-bodied people,” says Hawkes, who plays the writer and polio survivor in The Sessions. “In between takes, I’d stay on a gurney, and crew members would set sandwiches and wardrobe people would lay coats on me. I got some idea of what it’s like to be thought of as furniture.”
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