I Am Sam Director ‘Wouldn’t Make That Movie Today’ Without Disabled Lead Actor

December 30, 2021

We’ve reached the 20th anniversary of the drama I Am Sam. Starring Sean Penn in his Oscar-nominated lead role as a father with an intellectual disability, the film was directed by Jessie Nelson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Kristine Johnson. Looking back at the movie in honor of its big anniversary, Nelson opened up about her memories of developing I Am Sam two decades ago in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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