Claire Danes to Play Autistic Temple Grandin

January 17, 2010
Do you know someone in your life who  is autistic, you already know that no two people on the autism spectrum are alike. Hollywood, however, has played a part, for better or worse, in defining the general perception of autism by championing a certain “type” of autistic adult: the enigmatic but endearing savant (Dustin Hoffman in 1988’s Rain Man ). Now, in the upcoming HBO biopic Temple Grandin, Claire Danes is taking on the challenge of showing autism in a whole new light.

The film is based on the extraordinary real life of the title character, played by Danes. Temple Grandin has high-functioning autism, along with a PhD in Animal Science and a bestselling book (2004’s Animals in Translation). Grandin once said she relates better to animals than to people, and in her capacity as a livestock industry consultant, she famously conceived a more humane slaughterhouse design. She also invented the “hug machine,” designed to calm people who are overly sensitive to human touch (a symptom for many with autism).

Temple Grandin

7 Responses

  1. Gill Devgon

    January 18, 2010, 23:18:24

    I have watched the trailer for this film and look forward to watching the story of this remarkable woman.

  2. Alex

    February 11, 2010, 02:45:58

    Excellent film. Claire Danes play a wonderful role. She rocked!!!

  3. Angie Dycus

    February 13, 2010, 00:02:02

    My husband and I watched it and absolutely amazed at how intelligent Temple is (portrayed in the movie) and honestly, felt rather stupid compared to her and asked ourselves, will we leave such an impression in the world?
    We were so impressed, we made our children watch it, for respect for others that are different.
    Just can’t say enough. Outstanding job on the movie, story, the acting and the all around outcome how great it makes you feel.

  4. Gerry Hargis

    February 23, 2010, 02:56:10

    My husband & I just watched the movie, Temple Grandin, and thought it was terrific. The movie gives you a better understanding of what autism is. We hope that Claire Danes is nominated for a ‘Best Actress’ award because she gave a stellar performance.

  5. netdoc77

    February 26, 2010, 11:34:40

    I’m not a fan of Claire Danes…usually go out of my way to miss her films. I watched this because it came on right after something I was watching and it kinda captured my attention.

    I was totally impressed with Claire Danes acting. Didn’t think she had it in her!!! Well done!

    Story very moving!

  6. Jody Butler

    March 19, 2010, 04:34:01

    I am so touched by this movie, it was so inspiring.I have a daughter with special needs who has a love of horses. She wants to go to CSU and participate in the horse program. this movie has given me the hope that she can. Bravo to Temple and to the great woman who pushed her on her Mother. I salute you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful touching story. God Bless, Jody

  7. Tony Leone

    March 31, 2010, 01:03:03

    I had never heard of Ms Grandin before seeing the HBO movie. It was an wonderful portrayl of a amazing lady. She is an inspiration to all the austic children in the world. I highly recommend watching it.

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