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Interview: RJ Mitte discusses new film ‘Triumph’

by Kat Hughes

Although having worked since he was eleven, it wasn’t until his later teens and his role of Flynn White in Breaking Bad that RJ Mitte’s career really took off. Since his time on that show, Mitte has gone on to carve out an interesting and varied career, one that has seen him model for Gap, help present the Rio Paralympic games for Channel 4, and star in films across a wide spectrum of genres. He’s also a well-spoken advocate for representation and equality for those with disabilities, and is an ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. Mitte himself has Cerebral Palsy and has used his platform in the public eye to draw attention to the condition, and has proved time and time again that he is just as capable as his non-disabled counterparts. 

In his latest film, Triumph, Mitte combines both acting and activism as he plays a teenager with Cerebral Palsy who is determined to join the wrestling team. The story is based on the real-life story of the film’s writer, Michael D. Coffey, and sees Mitte transported to the eighties as he tells this incredibly powerful story of dreams and the determination to achieve them. Made in conjunction with United Cerebral Palsy, Triumph has been several years in the making; Mitte has been there at every step of the way, also working as executive producer on the project. 

Triumph is already out in the US, but arrives in the UK on Digital Platforms from 28th June via the wonderful team at Signature Entertainment. Ahead of the UK release we spoke with Mitte at length about the film to find out what made him so committed to seeing the movie brought to screen, the importance of representation, and whether he’ll use his new wrestling skills for a stint on WWE.  

Signature Entertainment presents Triumph on Digital Platforms from 28th June.

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