Deaf and CODA actor Troy Kotsur re-enacted famous movie scenes while speaking the lines in ASL in new video filmed 12 hours after his Oscar win
CODA Actor Troy Kotsur has re-enacted scenes from famous movies as he signs the lines in American Sign Language in a new video. CODA is the hit AppleTV+ film that tells the story of Ruby, the titular CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). Ruby is the only hearing person in her family and when her parents’ fishing business is threatened, Ruby must decide between following her passion to study music in college or staying with her parents to help out. CODA is directed by Sian Heder and, along with Kotsur, stars Emilia Jones as well as Oscar winner Marlee Matlin.
As many now know, CODA was the surprise Best Picture winner at this year’s Oscars. It wasn’t until the final week of the Oscar race that the film suddenly overtook the films of seasoned Oscar pros like Jane Campion and Steven Spielberg. as the favorite to win the coveted prize. Kotsur also went home with a golden statue for Best Supporting Actor, making him the second deaf actor in history to win an Oscar. The first was, of course, his co-star Matlin who won in 1987. CODA really defied all odds on Oscar night.
Just twelve hours after his historic victory, and apparently after only an hour of sleep, Kotsur sat down with Variety as the subject of a cover. During the interview, Kotsur created a video with the post in which he stands in for famous movie characters and says their most iconic lines in American Sign Language. In the video, Kotsur can be seen playing the role of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Benjamin Braddock in The graduation, Brody in Jaws, Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Colonel Nathan R. Jessep in some good men, and, of course, James Bond in Doctor No.
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Kotsur’s video is both hilarious and inspiring. The deaf community is notoriously underrepresented in film, and as previously mentioned, even more underrepresented at the Oscars. Seeing a deaf actor, who is himself a new Oscar winner as well as a self-proclaimed movie buff, take on all of these iconic roles is both great fun to watch and perhaps an indicator that movies are starting to take a step in the right direction towards inclusiveness. At the very least, despite his lack of sleep, Kotsur seems to be having fun recreating those classic movie scenes.
Perhaps with the resounding success of CODA at this year’s Oscars, the deaf community will see an increase in its representation in film. Only time will tell, however, no matter what, Kotsur certainly made his community and the wider film community very proud of him for his historic victory. Similar to Parasitethe unprecedented victory of in the Best Film category, CODA is another example of how diversity is vital to the filmmaking community, and watching Kotsur recreate these iconic scenes proves how vital representation is and a reminder that there is still great progress to be made.
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