Bullied boy with dwarfism lands role in new movie ‘Mad Max’



CNN

Quaden Bayles, an Australian indigenous boy who has won support from celebrities and supporters around the world after being bullied due to his disability, has landed a role in the new film ‘Mad Max’.

Oscar-winning director George Miller cast the 11-year-old in a small role in the movie “Furiosa,” a prequel to his 2015 post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Miller revealed in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine, published on Saturday, that he was moved to put Bayles on the big screen after watching the distressing video his mother shared of him in February 2020.

The Queensland boy, born with a type of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, is already set to appear alongside Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton in Miller’s upcoming film, ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’.

“It was good for us and it was good for him,” Miller told the Sydney Morning Herald. “And he did such a good job that he got a small role in Furiosa.”

CNN has reached out to reps for Miller and Bayles for further comment.

In the viral music video from 2020, Bayles is shown crying uncontrollably in the back of his mother’s car as he demands a knife to kill himself.

“That’s what bullying does,” her mother, Yarraka Bayles, said in the video, which was streamed live on Facebook to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. “Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?”

The video also caught the attention of celebrities, including Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who posted a video message on Twitter telling Bayles, “No matter what, you got a friend in me.”

“Quaden, you’re stronger than you think, buddy,” Jackman said. “Everyone, let’s be nice to each other. Bullying is not OK, period.

Leave a Comment