Eight Inspiring Movies to Watch if You Have Vitiligo!
As a visual effects artist working in the movie industry, I couldn’t help but write down a list of movies which I think you should watch if you have vitiligo! Here’s the list!
This is a superhero movie but also a comedy. Deadpool has a really bad skin, way worse than anyone with vitiligo, yet he lives his life as a superhero! Hopefully the message you will get is that having vitiligo should not stop you from doing anything.
An extra reason to watch the sequel, Deadpool 2, is that one of the characters has a vitiligo-like patch around her eye!
Well this isn’t an inspiring movie, but it’s a great old classic trilogy, and it involves a scientist who is developing synthetic skin. The scientist, played by a young Liam Neeson, is attacked in is lab and tortured to the point that he gets heavily scarred. He survives and seeks revenge, becoming the superhero known as Darkman. Thanks to his research, he can create synthetic skin, and he can look normal, but the skin only lasts for 99 minutes every time he creates it.
This movie is about a very smart professor (Julian Moore) who gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and has to deal with the psychological challenge of facing the inevitable progression of the disease. There is no vitiligo or anything related to skin, but watching this movie will give you some
perspective and hopefully will make you appreciate that vitiligo is a benign disease and that you don’t have anything serious.
This is the real story about the life of Niki Lauda, a famous Formula One racer in the ‘70s. During a race, Lauda has a bad accident and suffers from 3rd degree burns on his head and face. He becomes badly scarred, and after healing, he could have undergone plastic surgery, but he didn’t care. He just wanted to continue racing. His big passion was too strong for him to care about his appearance, which I see as another inspirational message.
Also, another big reason to watch this movie is that I worked on it! You can find my name in the credits. 🙂
This is the story of a teenage girl who actually has the opposite problem of what we have: she has a condition where she pretty much has no immune system and is therefore is confined to live in her home. One day, a guy her age moves next door with his family. They start communicating through the windows and phone, and they fall in love. At some point she decides to escape and go for a holiday in Hawaii with him, knowing that she is risking her life. I think the message is to live life to the fullest, no matter what!
The Theory of Everything
As one of my big passions is astrophysics, I couldn’t help but adding a movie about the life of Stephen Hawking movie to this list. He was one of the brightest minds of our time, leading important discoveries in cosmology. While still studying for his PhD at Cambridge University, he was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 22 and had to cope with this horrible progressive disease, which eventually would make him completely paralyzed. Doctors even told him he would have only two years to live. Instead of falling into desperation, he kept pursuing his passion for research, got his PhD, and ended up leading important discoveries that will be remembered forever (like Hawking radiation). He also wrote several books and had great success throughout his life, which lasted much longer than doctors predicted. Stephen Hawking passed away a few months ago at the age of 77. The story of his life is a great inspiration: not even one of the most horrible diseases stopped him from making his dreams come true.
Bad times at the El Royal
Ok this movie has nothing to do with vitiligo, skin, or anything related to it, BUT one of the lead actors, Jon Hamm, has vitiligo!! I thought it would be nice to watch a movie and see a fellow vitiligan as one of the main stars. 🙂
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