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New film 'Adam' confronts Asperger's

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
British actor Hugh Dancy takes on a charming new role playing a smart, but socially awkward young man, in the film "Adam." Like lots of romantic comedies, the movie looks at the difficulties we often have communicating with one another. But it's even tougher for Adam -- he's dealing with Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.

Hugh co-stars with Rose Byrne in the offbeat love story. After she moves into his building in New York, their friendship blossoms into an unlikely romance (despite a slew of innocent misunderstandings).

Hugh did a lot of research into the autism community to try and accurately represent a man dealing with Asperger's.

"That included to talking to people with AS, observing, listening, educating myself," said Hugh. "And since then, the funny thing, if you watch this movie, there'll be people with AS, or know people. That's just a matter of numbers, but we've shown the movie to that community and their response has been overwhelmingly supportive."

Hugh thinks people have responded positively to the film because it's not specifically a story about a man and his disorder, and is simply a love story.

"It kind of seems to speak to people about their own lives, because the story in the film is so much about miscommunication," said Hugh. "The difficulties of getting it right with another person, trying to make contact. And we've all been there, all had that experience."

"Adam" is in limited release now and is rated PG-13.

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