Kevin McHale says he would not play Artie in a ‘Glee’ reboot

If “Glee” is ever rebooted, Kevin McHale just isn’t signing as much as be canceled.

“I don’t know if Artie could be in it,” McHale stated Wednesday to Insider, speaking about Artie Abrams, the character he performed within the Fox musical collection that ran from 2009 to 2015. “Knowing what we know now, I don’t think I should be playing a character that’s in a wheelchair. So, if they let me grow out … my beard and play a different character, I’ll do it.”

Present creator Ryan Murphy floated the thought of a reboot final week throughout a podcast hosted by McHale and former co-star Jenna Ushkowitz, who performed Tina Cohen-Chang on the present.

“I’m at the phase now with that show, you know, where it’s like, well, there’s been enough time. Like, maybe we should really reexamine it as a brand,” Murphy stated on “And That’s What You Really Missed.” “You know, should we do a reboot of it in some way? Should we do a Broadway musical of it in some way?”

Murphy additionally stated on the podcast that “Glee” was on the air for too lengthy and doubtless ought to have ended after star Cory Monteith, who performed singing jock Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July 2013.

“Glee” drew criticism early on for its portrayal of an individual with a incapacity, which a Guardian opinion author in 2010 likened to blackface. The article identified a few “execrable” Glee episodes that had been praised by nondisabled viewers however thought-about “offensive, appropriative and wildly inaccurate” by disabled audiences.

“The problems with ‘Glee’ highlight much larger issues in the entertainment industry,” the writer wrote. “The representation of disabled persons is limited and often very bad, and disabled actors have few opportunities, in part because of the insistence on casting nondisabled actors in disabled roles. Another show airing in the U.S., ‘Covert Affairs,’ is also currently engaging in ‘cripface,’ and there’s a long history of casting nondisabled actors in disabled roles.”

Jim Sheridan, director of 1989’s “My Left Foot,” which earned an Oscar for actor Daniel Day-Lewis within the function of a person with cerebral palsy, advised Sky Information final yr, “I don’t think it’s right anymore” to solid able-bodied actors to play disabled characters.

“We’ve gone past that,” Sheridan continued. “In ‘My Left Foot,’ we had disabled kids in the movie and I could understand why Daniel stayed in character and never broke out. He wanted to respect them so he stayed in character the entire time for 20 weeks and that’s as far as he could go as an able-bodied person playing a disabled person.”