Yes Duck got away with it, Jimmy Brooks would have had a very different ending in Degrassi. According to a writer for the teen drama, the rapper, whose full name is Aubrey Drake Graham, threatened to leave the series if his character remained in a wheelchair after season 5.
“There was a letter from a law firm in Toronto, and it was from Aubrey. It was a strange letter that said, ‘Aubrey Graham will not return to Degrassi Season 6 as Jimmy Brooks unless his injury is healed and he is not in a wheelchair.’ I said, ‘Bring him here.’ James hurst said to AV Club in a round table discussion published on Thursday, October 14, in honor of Degrassi: the next generation ‘s 20th anniversary. “He walked in and said, ‘What letter? I do not know anything about that ‘. And I said, ‘Okay, I get it. But what do you think of the wheelchair? He says, ‘All my friends in the rap game say I’m soft because I’m in a wheelchair.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell your friends at the rap game you got shot. How much more difficult can you get? They shot you and you’re in a wheelchair. He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. He was so kind and apologetic for everything. He instantly backed away. ”
Drake’s Jimmy was paralyzed after a school shooting during season 4 of the Canadian series.
“I was very passionate about it and I said, ‘Aubrey, there’s a kid in a wheelchair somewhere, who’s completely ignored, who’s never on TV, he’s never depicted,’” Hurst continued. “’I need you to represent this person. You’re the coolest kid on the show and you can say there’s nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair. ‘
The Grammy winner starred in the first seven seasons of Degrassi: the next generation. He last appeared in an episode of season 8 in 2008.
Lauren collins, who played Paige Michalchuk on the show, noted in Thursday’s article that Drake “physically struggled” with having to do everything suddenly confined to a chair. ” She explained: “That was very difficult for him. I definitely have some memories of him knocking over his chair and falling off makeshift ramps they had built for him. ”
Shane kippel (Spinner Mason) agreed that there is “fear that your character is confined to a wheelchair, or even that you don’t feel like it is right to play someone who is confined to a wheelchair if you are fully trained.”
Collins added, “I don’t want to speak for anyone, but I think [Aubrey] he probably struggled with the idea that he was one of the two black characters on the show, and that he was the one finishing the shoot and in a wheelchair, which is obviously part of a much larger conversation. ” .
As Drake struggled to act in a wheelchair, his character did too.
“There was always a conversation: ‘Is there any surgery Jimmy might have? Can we somehow get him out of this? ‘” Stefan brogren, who played Snake Simpson and directed several episodes, he said. “The idea was played a lot. In the end, we started getting him to stand up and walk on crutches. ”
Drake called 20 of his old Degrassi co-stars in 2018 to star in the music video for their song “I’m Upset,” taking them back to the fictional high school set.
“It was the reunion we always wanted, and we were delighted to do it with our old friend,” Collins said. Variety at the time. “Thank you Aubrey, and thank you to the incredibly dedicated fans of our show.”
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