EN Movies – Actor Andy Serkis felt sure he was the right man to direct Robin and Diana Cavendish’s biopic Breathe, because he grew up around polio victims.
The sister of the Lord of the Rings star, who made his directorial debut with the film, has also been wheelchair bound with multiple sclerosis for a decade.
“My dad was a doctor and my mum taught special needs kids,” Serkis explains. “Because of that, I knew a lot about polio, spina bifida, the side effects of thalidomide and all those other diseases.
“In the film Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll, I played the singer Ian Dury, a famous polio survivor. My sister, who has multiple sclerosis, has been wheelchair bound for 10 years now. It’s hard for her even now, but in 1960, to choose to take yourself out of hospital was to choose to be two minutes away from death at any time.”